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OCTOBER NOVEMBER 2017
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HELLO FOR GOOD
ere we are 11 months later and coming off another devastating hurricane. In the weeks leading up to Hurricane Irma I kept thinking – can you imagine how people years ago managed life without any notice of an impending storm? Thank goodness for meteorologists!
In the spirit of our annual "Giving Issue" we switched up our "We Tried It"column to try volunteering at the St. Francis House so you could have an insider look at the innerworkings of this local organization. It's a humbling experience to serve your neighbors who are less fortunate and see the work St. Francis House is doing to aid the homeless and poverty-stricken in St. Johns County.
Can you imagine if there were no one spreading the news? No organization, media outlet, blogger, or writer who paid special notice to things transpiring around them, amassed an influence of thousands of readers and turned that into a megaphone for change in their community.
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This past September, Hurricane Irma barrelled through our city. Throughout the storm and as we faced the aftermath, St. Augustinians came together to lend a hand or a caring word to each other. Here are just a few of the storm experiences you shared with us.
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@kellykat0 Well, compared to how our friends in the Keys and islands made out, I have little to complain about. No power and a tree on the roof pales in comparison to their troubles.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
October and November are looking busy! Mark your calendar for the concerts, festivals, and events this month.
David Hartzel of INK (Investing in Kids) shares his favorite luxurious but practical items for walking the Old City streets.
2017 CHARITY REGISTER
Read the stories, hear the words, and meet the givers, philanthropists, and caring hands of St. Johns County.
Find all your outdoor holiday entertainment needs from some of our favorite stylish retailers.
Flagler College's Director of Historic Preservation, Dr. Leslee Keys, shares her path to professorship.
LINE OF DUTY
Linda Stoughton, St. Johns County Director of Emergency Management talks the job, her team, and Matthew.
The newest dessert in town is in the spotlight. Join us as we try the tasty Cinnamon Bun Peace Pie.
Meet Jennifer Myers, selftaught culinary artist and owner of San Marco's beloved Juniper Market.
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We Are Here For You Flagler Hospital thanks our Prepared Emergency Response Team for the exemplary care they provided to our patients throughout the duration of Hurricane Irma. This team weathered the storm together for more than 3 days to ensure the highest level of care for our patients. Since 1889, Flagler Hospital has fulfilled its mission of caring. We remain resolute in our duty to serve St. Augustine and surrounding communities. As we turn our eyes ahead, we continue to partner with St. Johns County and other providers on recovery efforts and also extend a helping hand to areas of need throughout the state. From all of us at Flagler Hospital, we are here for you.
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Living MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS FALL GALA Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park November 4, 5:30pm Under the light of the full Florida moon, surrounded by the fall-fresh aroma of gardenia, magnolia, and tuberose, the Junior Service League of St. Augustine will gather for its 35th Annual Fall Gala. The historical and charming waterfront expanse of the Fountain of Youth will be all aglow with sparkling candles and twinkling lights, transformed into an enchanting and glamorous fairy tale. And naturally, an array of traditional Southern fare is on the menu along with fusions certain to create a nirvana of the palate (and the annual signature cocktail will be announced soon!). A string quartet and a DJ will offer entertainment and Sweet City Cupcakes will create sugary confectionary for all to enjoy. This exquisite black-tie gala is one of St. Augustine’s must-attend events, but it’s not only for the glitz, glamour, and mingling! The Moonlight & Magnolias Gala benefits more than ten local and national charities, including tag! Children’s Museum, Kids Bridge Supervised Visitation Center, Boys and Girls Club of America, and the landmark St. Augustine Lighthouse. Tickets to the event are $125 and can be purchased online.
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THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE DURING OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
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THE FULL MONTY Limelight Theatre Through October 22 Six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers, low on both cash and prospects, decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives' enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. As they prepare for the show, working through their fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties, they overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie. www.limelight-theatre.org
ADULT INTRO TO ACTING Limelight Theatre October 4 - November 8 Executive Director Beth Lambert will be the instructor for the acting class. This is a 6-week class that focuses primarily on prep and technique, how to choose a monologue, stage terminology, as well as fundamentals
SYKES AND COOPER CORN MAZE Sykes and Cooper Farm October 7-29, Weekends Combine a 9-acre corn maze full of “cornfusing” twists and turns, “live” entertainment – including, Jack, the loudest hee-hawing donkey around – and lots of farmtastic family fun. Mix it all together and you have “agritainment”! The maze is only the tip of the iceberg. Enjoy jumping on one of the jump pads, visiting with the animals, riding through the fields on the hayride, a variety of delicious snack vendors, and more! General admission is $10. Children 2 and under are free.
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MAZE DAYZ FALL FESTIVAL October 3-27, Weekends
Cowart Ranch and Farms
Enjoy the best of fall activities all October long at Cowart Ranch! Wind your way through the corn maze, pick out the perfect pumpkin, meet the farm animals, explore on a hayride, relax by a nighttime bonfire, and much more. The festival is held Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout October. Admission is $10. Children 3 and under are free
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of acting stage presence. Maximum acceptance of 10 students. Tuition $90 for all 6 classes www.limelight-theatre.org
DRESSING DOWNTON EXHIBITION Lightner Museum October 4-January 7 This special exhibit features nearly 40 costumes worn by characters of the beloved Masterpiece Classic series, Downton Abbey. Fans of the series, and even those who have never watched it, will enjoy viewing the Edwardian fashions on display in the grand ballroom of the Lightner Museum. www.lightnermuseum.org
SCHOONER FREEDOM FULL MOON SAIL FEARLESS 5K
St. Augustine Outlets October 21, 8am
Held in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Healthy Lifestyle Expo, the Fearless 5K benefits St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Victims Advocacy. You can join the 5K, the Family Walk, or even the Kids Fun Run.
St. Augustine Municipal Marina October 5, 8:15pm Every month, under the light of the full moon, Schooner Freedom embarks with the wind at its sails for an evening of live music and complimentary beverages. Sit back and relax while the waves lap at your hull and a profound hush engulfs the Ancient City. Tickets are $40 per person and reservations are requested. www.schoonerfreedom.com
DATIL PEPPER FESTIVAL St. Johns County Agricultural Center October 7 This fun festival focuses on celebrating the cultivation of the datil pepper in St. Augustine. There will be a tasty Datil Pepper Cook-Off featuring some of St. Augustine’s best known restaurants and food joints, as well as local vendors selling various Datil Pepper-related products. Entry to the festival is free, with a $1 per ticket tasting fee. www.facebook.com/DatilPepperFestival
STS9 WITH GUESTS SUNSQUABI, JADE CICADA, AND DAILY BREAD St. Augustine Amphitheatre October 7, 5:30pm Sound Tribe Sector 9 is a refined style of dub influenced music focusing on group improvisation with a mixed psychedelic jam. They’ll be performing along with breakout band SunSquabi, a live-electronic group, Jade Cicada, whose music reflects rebirth and metamorphosis along with the properties of the stone Jade; wisdom and peace. Daily Bread, an electronic band with a fresh, organic sound will also be taking the stage. Tickets starting at $33. www.staugamphitheatre.com
JAIL BREAK 5K The Old Jail October 28, 8am
Runners will enjoy a 5k to the Atlantic Ocean facing a treacherous climb over the Vilano Bridge as they flee from the Authentic Old Jail. If you don't want to run, be part of the team, enjoy the fruits of no labor and donate at the 0.0! www.escapefromstaugustine.com
ST. AUGUSTINE RESTAURANT WEEK Participating Local Restaurants October 2-8
Food lovers can enjoy special chef’s choice lunch or dinner experience at local restaurants. This is a great opportunity to sample some of the most decadent food choices within St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 per person for lunch menu and $35 per person for dinner.
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Francis Field November 12-13
The annual St. Augustine Half Marathon will take place on Saturday and Sunday and consist of multiple races and running opportunities for all ages. The Kids Race on Saturday, and the Half Marathon on Sunday. The Half Marathon is $100.
SHUT UP AND RUN 5K Treaty Park November 24, 8am
Every Thanksgiving Day, the Ancient City Roadrunners host a 5K at Treaty Park to benefit the St. Francis House homeless shelter. Pre-registration for members of the ACRR is $18. The fee for non-members is $20. www.ancientcityroadrunners.org
PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL Catch a show at the concert hall just a short scenic drive up A1A.
TROMBONE SHORTY & NEW ORLEANS AVENUE October 1, 8pm
JOSEPH WITH GUEST LIZA ANNE October 2, 8pm
HARD WORKING AMERICANS WITH GUEST LOS COLOGNES October 4, 8pm
ELEPHANT REVIVAL October 5, 8pm
BODEANS: STRIPPED DOWN, BEAUTIFUL RENDITIONS OF BODEANS CLASSICS October 15, 8pm
THE JAMES HUNTER SIX October 16, 8pm
DEANA CARTER WITH GUEST SWEET TEA TRIO October 26, 8pm
PELLICER CREEK RAID REENACTMENT
Florida Agricultural Museum October 7-8 This annual event gives visitors a chance to see what military life was like in 1864. The historic demonstrations take place over two days and include Civil War battle reenactments and military parades, as well as an authentic re-creation of a Civil War encampment. At the Pellicer Creek Raid encampment re-creation, visitors can hear stories from the soldiers about life in Florida during that time. $5 per person. Children under 5 are free. www.floridaagmuseum.org
St. Augustine Amphitheater October 13, 7pm Enjoy an evening at the St. Augustine Amphitheater with the musical legends who fused southern style with rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Outlaws, a country/rock band, will also be performing. They are most well known for their hit "There Goes Another Love Song". www.staugamphitheatre.com
CREEKSIDE FESTIVAL 2017 Princess Place Preserve October 7-8 The Creekside Festival is an annual local favorite, filled with bluegrass music, arts and crafts, photo exhibitions, a variety of kids activities, and lots to eat and drink. Arts and crafts will be on display and available for purchase. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the hiking and kayak trails at the Preserve, and history buffs will love the historical demonstrations, exhibits, and storytelling. www.flaglerchamber.org/creekside-festival
OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA November 12, 8pm
MILES ELECTRIC BAND November 18, 8pm
TIDINGS OF JAZZ AND JOY FEATURING KEIKO MATSUI AND EUGE GROOVE WITH LINDSEY WEBSTER AND ADAM HAWLEY November 29, 8pm
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Flagler Imaging Center October 14, 9am-2pm A huge event in supporting the fight against breast cancer, Think Pink Motorcycle Ride is a 70-mile police-escorted ride beginning and ending at the Flagler Imaging Center. Don’t have a ride? Never fear. Spectating is free and the event features family-friendly activities, live entertainment, a raffle, and local vendors. All raised funds go to Unity Outreach, a nonprofit that benefits breast cancer sufferers and survivors. www.thinkpinkinoctober.com
ST. AMBROSE FALL FESTIVAL St. Ambrose Church October 8, 12-4pm The annual event will include live entertainment, a silent auction, a hay ride, and lots of activities for the whole family. The fair includes kids games, hay rides, face painting, and live music. There will be a silent auction, a "Treasure and Trivia" yard sale, and 50/50 drawings will take place every half hour during the event. Admission to the festival and parking are free. www.saintambrose-church.org
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Flagler College October 10, 7pm Senior Vice President, SEARCH, Inc and the former director of the Maritime Heritage, National Marine Sanctuaries Program, NOAA features “Sunk by a Hurricane: The Discovery and Exploration of Three Deepwater Shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico.” www.flagler.edu
ST. AUGUSTINE AMATEUR GOLF TOURNAMENT St. Johns Golf Club October 13-15 Tee times for each round/day of the tournament will begin at 9am and end at 11am. The course format is 54-hole stroke play. Talented players that have earned a place in the tournament will compete for the John C. Jennison III trophy and World Amateur Golf ranking points. Tournament proceeds will go to the First Tee of Northeast Florida, a nonprofit youth development organization that teaches young people of all backgrounds valuable life skills through the game of golf. www.staugustineamateur.com/tournament
ST. AUGUSTINE FASHION WEEK KICKOFF St. Augustine Shipyard October 14, 6-10pm St. Augustine Fashion Week will host a kickoff event for its fourth season. The "Road to Season 4 Kick Off" will feature runway showcases of Fall/Winter 2018 ensembles by St. Augustine's talented fashion designers. In addition to the runway shows, attendees will enjoy live music and the opportunity for meet and greets with the featured designers. Refreshments will be served, and guests will receive swag bags to commemorate the event. Tickets are $25 per person. www.stafashionweek.com
2017 GREEK FESTIVAL Francis Field October 13-15
The annual St. Augustine Greek Festival is a celebration of Greek culture, music, food, and dance. The three-day festival features authentic purveyors of Greek food and performers of traditional Greek music and dance as well as a large marketplace with handcrafted merchandise from local vendors. Admission is $5. Children 14 and under are free. www.stauggreekfest.com
Market at the Pier
St. Augustine Beach Pier Every Wednesday Shop and support local vendors every Wednesday at St. Augustine Beach, featuring baked goods, hand-made gifts, jewelry and home décor. The market hosts anywhere from 60 to 80 vendors each week and is open from 8am to 12:30pm every Wednesday, rain or shine. www.thecivicassociation.org
First Friday Art Walk
Downtown St. Augustine First Friday of the Month Kick off the weekend on the first Friday of every month, from 5pm to 9pm, for a tour of the latest exhibits, music and entertainment at more than 20 participating galleries in downtown St. Augustine. Jump on board one of Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains or Old Town Trolleys for a complimentary shuttle service to a majority of the galleries. Shuttles run every 30 minutes for convenience. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
Old City Farmers Market 4TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S ARTS FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY FOSAA St. Augustine Amphitheater October 15, 10am-3pm Don't miss the free event your kids will love. Local artists and organizations have made it possible for children to enjoy a day of dancing, singing, creating art projects, theatre games, storytelling and so much more. The event is open to anyone ready to get creative! www.fosaa.org
SCHOOL’S OUT DAY CAMP Limelight Theatre October 16, 10am-3pm Bring your little one to a day of theater fun. Children will experience themed acting and improv games, lots of music, and great hands on activities. There will be lots of fall fun with Spookily the Square Pumpkin and Click Clack Moo. This event is open to children K-2nd grade. Admission is $35 per day. www.limelight-theatre.org
MUSICAL THEATRE DAY CAMP Kidzfactory at Limelight Theatre October 16, 10am-3pm Let your kids explore the wonder of storytelling, music, choreography, and costumes. This day camp will introduce them to the classic stories of Matilda, the girl who found that she had unusual powers, and Willy Wonka, the illustrious and mysterious owner of a chocolate factory – both in musical form! This day camp is for grades 3-5. Tickets are $35 per day www.limelight-theatre.org
BIN 39: WINE BAR TASTING St. Augustine Lighthouse October 19, 6-8pm Join fellow wine enthusiasts for wine tasting night for the Museum! Proceeds from admission go to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. Ticket includes tasting, hors d'oeuvres and live music. www.staugustinelighthouse.org
St. Augustine Amphitheatre Every Saturday Visit the Old City Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and plants directly from the producers. There’s even fresh seafood in season. The farmers market is always a lot of fun for the whole family with live entertainment and much more. The Old City Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning at the St. Augustine Amphitheater on A1A South in St. Augustine. 8:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays, Admission is Free. www.staugustinefm.com
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For The Kids! Magical Melodies
St. Johns Golf and County Club, Palencia Amenity Center Tuesdays at 10:30am, Wednesdays at 10:15am Introduce the little ones to learning through the magic of music! Tuesday classes are held at the St. Johns Golf and Country Club and Wednesday classes take place at the Palencia Amenity Center. email@example.com 205 St. Johns Golf Club Drive 625 Palencia Club Drive
AN EVENING WITH THE AVETT BROTHERS St. Augustine Amphitheatre October 21, 8pm
Avett Brothers are a Grammy-nominated band this year with rustic sound played by an acoustic guitar, banjo, and stand-up bass. This band has made #16 on the billboard charts with the debut song, I and Love and You. In the past, the group has played on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and will continue their journey singing amongst many audiences. Tickets start at $49.50.
www.staugamphitheatre.com BRATINI Serenata Beach Club October 19, 6-9pm Watch local male models show off their stuff as they parade garishly decorated bras for a good cause! Enjoy a gala dinner with gorgeous ocean views and bid on bras.This annual event raises money to help cancer patients in the community. Proceeds benefit StAR Council, ArtBreakers, and Pink Heals. www.staugustineregionalcouncil.com/bratini
OLDEST CITY RED TROUT CLASSIC TOURAMENT Conch House Marina Resort October 19-21 Kicking off with a Captain’s Dinner at the St. Augustine Rod & Gun Club, Oldest City Red Trout Classic Tournament is a two-day catch-and-release event where teams of
two fishermen and a provided local guide compete for fantastic prizes. All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of North Florida. www.redtroutclassic.eventscff.org
FLORIDA’S HAUNTED TRAILS 2017 Florida Agricultural Museum October 26-28 The Florida Agricultural Museum hosts its annual Haunted Trails event on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights before Halloween – October 26, 27, and 28, 2017. Featuring a haunted house, magic shows, carnival games, and wagon rides through the woods, you’ll be ready to get your scare on! Everyone is invited to come in costume if they like. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children 5-12. www.facebook.com/FloridaHauntedTrails www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Toddler Story Time
St. Johns County Public Library, Main Branch Every Thursday, 11am, 11:30am Let your littles explore the library and be captivated by creative storytelling. Toddler storytime is held in the large meeting room at Main Library. Join Mr. Andy and Mrs. Marcia for singing, dancing and great stories. Toddler storytime is aimed at children ages 1-3, but all are welcome to come and join in the fun. www.sjcpls.org 1960 N Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Open Gym Time
Ancient City Martial Arts at Palencia Wednesdays 9:15am-11:15am Bring your boys and girls for play time and exercise in a safe environment at Ancient City martial Arts at Palencia. Obstacles, slides and toys galore! $5 per child. (904) 806-3128 7440 US Highway 1 North Suite 104
Toddler Jump Time
Rebounderz of Jacksonville Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30am-11:30am A special time where Rebounderz opens for only the littles (children ages 5 and under). Not available during summer break. $8 per child. www.rebounderzjacksonville.com 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville
? e t i h W r o Red THE GREAT CHOWDER DEBATE 2017 The Conch House Marina
November 5, 12-4pm The Annual Great Chowder Debate features over 30 local St. Augustine restaurants competing for "Best Chowder" bragging rights in five different chowder categories: Minorcan Conch Chowder, Minorcan Clam Chowder, New England Clam Chowder, Seafood Chowder, and Non-Seafood Chowder. Tickets for tastes of chowder will be sold for $1 each. Patrons are welcomed to vote on their favorite chowders to decide which wins the "People's Choice" award. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Johns County.
www.bbbstjohns.org/chowder-debate FIRST COAST OPERA'S MOST HAUNTING MELODIES
2ND ANNUAL CHOWDER CHALLENGE FOR CHILDREN
Mark Lance National Armory October 27, 7:30pm First Coast Opera presents Opera’s Most Haunting Melodies, a concert of ghostly experiences and haunting tunes, just in time for Halloween. The audience is invited to come in costume to add to the fun and the haunting atmosphere. Tickets are $35 per person. wwww.firstcoastopera.com
St. Augustine Amphitheatre October 29 Hosted by the St. Augustine Shriners, 22 restaurants will compete for the top prizes with their delicious conch, clam, and seafood chowders. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children. www.staugustineshrinersclub.com
ANCIENT CITY KIDS DAY
APPRAISAL DEMONSTRATION AND LECTURE BY NICHOLAS DAWES
Francis Field October 28, 11am-3pm This popular annual event is organized by EPIC Community Services and other sponsoring agencies in order to provide fun activities for kids and parents to enjoy together. The free event features a variety of games, arts & crafts, and live entertainment, as well as kid-friendly food like hamburgers and hot dogs. Admission is free for adults and children. www.epicbh.org
Lightner Museum November 3, 10:30am The Lightner Museum is welcoming Mr. Nicholas Dawes, antiquarian and antiques appraiser from PBS’s popular television program, Antiques Roadshow. Mr. Dawes brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, his main focus is with ceramics, glass, silver, and other decorative arts. Tickets are $25 www.lightnermuseum.org/Nicholas-Dawes
ROGER DALTREY WITH GUEST EDGAR WINTER St. Augustine Amphitheatre November 3, 7:30pm Roger Daltrey who was the lead singer of The Who, is performing as a rock vocalist. Besides his talent of being a singer, Roger has made many accomplishments in acting credentials, playing in the movie called The Who’s Tommy, which Roger won a Golden Globe nomination. Edgar Winter guest performer in the fields of music, film, and television. His music entails different genres including rock, jazz, blues and pop. Tickets starting at $53.50 www.staugamphitheatre.com
DASHING THROUGH THE STORE Declaration & Co. November 3-4 Declaration & Co. holds their third annual Dashing through the Store fundraiser to benefit the Betty Griffin House of St. Augustine. Guests get to pick their own time-slot of when they want to come in and shop, and they will enjoy holiday music, beverages, and a dessert bar. Tickets are $32.64. Visit the Declaration & Co. website to purchase your ticket in advance and reserve your spot for this fun shopping event! www.declarationco.com
SCHOONER FREEDOM FULL MOON SAIL St. Augustine Municipal Marina November 4, 7:45pm Every month, under the light of the full moon, Schooner Freedom embarks with the wind at its sails for an evening of live music and complimentary beverages. Sit back and relax while the waves lap at your hull and a profound hush engulfs the Ancient City. Tickets are $40 per person and reservations are requested. www.schoonerfreedom.com
ST. AUGUSTINE FALL 2017 RECORD FAIR St. Augustine Amphitheatre November 5, 11am Presented by ToneVendor and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, over 30,000 music-related items—including new and used vinyl records, CDs, posters, turntable equipment and supplies, memorabilia, collectibles and more—will be available to music lovers and enthusiasts. This biannual free event features live music, familyfriendly activities, lots of great food and drinks, and a host of music vendors. www.staugamphitheatre.com
A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL Limelight Theatre November 7-December 14 Get your teens ready to perform a beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. This play tells the tale of glorious holiday cheer similar to something Dr. Seuss might manage to throw your way. From BedHeaded Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this will be a fun adventure for all the actors involved. Tuition cost is $300. Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. www.limelight-theatre.org
THE BLACK LILLIES AND THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL St. Augustine Amphitheatre November 8, 7pm This is a free event open to the public of all ages, playing music rich in tunes that combine swampy memphis soul and blues with Nashville’s country style. Rolling Stone describes them as “country music with a soul-rock infusion, supported by bandleader Cruz Contreras’ smart songwriting and tight musicianship.” The Dustbowl Revival became known for their free-flowing and joyous live shows. They like to combine the funk rhythm and brass to their music. www.staugamphitheatre.com
RAY WYLIE HUBBARD St. Augustine Amphitheatre Front Porch November 9, 7pm Live free event right on the Front Porch! Ray Wylie Hubbard performing as a leading figure in the progressive country style music. Hubbard was also well known for authoring the perennial anthem “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” in 1973. Hubbards songwriting is more than just a country twang but deeply spiritual. www.staugamphitheatre.com
BON IVER WITH AERO FLYNN St. Augustine Amphitheatre November 10, 7pm Bon Iver is a singer/songwriter from Wisconsin whose sparse, otherworldly indie folk has made him an award-winning critical and commercial success. Music, even in its most intimate moments, is a pathway between us all. It is the nuts and bolts of humanity as well as its totality. Bon Iver's answer is just music, always. Tickets start at $42. www.staugamphitheatre.com
SON VOLT St. Augustine Amphitheatre November 17, 8pm Son Volt is one of the most instrumental and influential bands launching its alt-country movement. This movement is now known as the Americana. Lead songwriter and vocals Jay Farrar, is the creative push behind Son Volt. Farrar is said to have one of the most distinctive voices in roots, rock, country or any genre. Tickets are $30. www.staugamphitheatre.com
SUPER SCENIC 72-MILE GARAGE SALE A1A Blvd. from Ponte Vedra Beach to Flagler Beach November 18, 8am From Ponte Vedra Beach all the way down to Flagler Beach, this 72 mile garage sale is an all day extravaganza featuring unique furniture, antiques, clothing, and discount merchandise situated along some of the most beautiful stretch of highway in the state. Take in the scenery and the sea breezes and keep an eye out for coupons from local restaurants, shops, and attractions as well as raffle tickets at community tables for a chance to win prizes. www.scenica1a.org
NIGHTS OF LIGHTS Plaza de la Constitucion November 18, 4-8pm
St. Augustine’s Night of Lights has gained worldwide recognition as one of the best seasonal destinations to see some pretty spectacular holiday lights, but everything kicks off mid November with a dazzling night of entertainment and fanfare before a countdown to the lighting of the city. Stand in the middle of the Plaza de la Constitucion under a canopy of towering trees and feel the millions of white lights suddenly illuminate you and take your breath away. The lighting ceremony is free and open to the public.
ANCIENT CITY AUTO SHOW Florida School for the Deaf and Blind November 18, 11am A fantastic day out for the gearhead in your life! Browse a large collection of unique vintage and modern automobiles from private collectors all across the area. And if spectating isn’t quite enough for you, preregister your own vehicle for $20 or register at the door for $25. The day will feature live entertainment, door prizes and drawings, and trophies. Admission for spectators is free. www.local.aaca.org/ancientcity
LINDSEY STIRLING “WARMER IN THE WINTER CHRISTMAS TOUR” St. Augustine Amphitheatre November 25, 8pm Lindsey Stirling is a performance artist who gained a following with her 2010 appearance as the “hip-hop violinist” on the fifth season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and YouTube. She has humbly become one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars by striving for groundbreaking visions of cinematic violin-driven electronic music. Tickets starting at $54. www.staugamphitheatre.com
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ST. FRANCIS HOUSE There are so many ways to give back to the community, but we decided to explore behind-thescenes of an organization right in the heart of the city. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
We Tried It
t. Francis House is doing more than just putting a band-aid on the homelessness problem that so agitates the city. Their goal is to engage the homeless to become self-sufficient, achieve stability, and plan for their future rather than just providing them temporary shelter. Care for basic needs is, of course, one of the services the home provides, but their doors are open for a lot more. So after coming into contact with the work of St. Francis House for previous issues of the magazine, albeit briefly, we were all curious to see what the front lines of organization looked like. So we headed to the pantry. The pantry of St. Francis House houses all the donated food that the organization then distributes to its clients, and every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, they give out boxes of food to those that sign up for them. These boxes aren’t just for the homeless,
either. To receive them, a person or family must only be a St. Johns County resident and meet the qualifications for low-income. In the tight quarters, between shelves of cans, crackers, and cartons, Heather, Andrew, and I began checking expiration dates on the food that hadn’t yet been shelved. Expired food is be tossed and the rest is be sorted on the shelves. Once this food had been organized, we began putting together the boxes. The first thing in the boxes is the food that St. Francis House receives from the government. After this has been distributed, we move to the other side of the pantry to the donated items. Sometimes, these shelves are full to the brim (especially around the holidays), but today they’re a little scarce. The other volunteer guiding us helps with making sure each of the almost 40 boxes gets a well-rounded offering of food anyways. The clients will get canned food, pasta, milk, meat, even snacks. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Volunteering gave us a first-hand view of the time, effort, and love of both volunteers and employees that goes into each aspect of St. Francis House’s work. Even if time isn’t something you’re able to give, the home has other needs. “Like most nonprofits, our biggest need is financial support,” says Karen Hensel. “Food is critical and a constant need. However, one of the most overlooked needs is for people to spread the word. Let people know how they can join the thousands of other people in our community who are changing lives through their gifts of time, talent and treasure to St. Francis House.” www.stfrancisshelter.org
BUSINESS NEWS THIS MONTH St. Augustine businesses are rebranding, relocating, building and brewing up some serious new opportunities for our small town. Here's what we know this month...
CALENDARS FOR A CAUSE A village of creatives, a party, and some darn cute pets come together annually to raise thousands for the St. Augustine Humane Society.
Rose and Pearl opened up for business inside Nettles Fine Jewelry. Moms, babies, and lovers of super cute home decor, rejoice! 1811 US 1 South
By Meeka Anne
even years ago, St. Augustine Humane Society Executive Director Carolyn Smith came up with a brilliant idea to raise money for the organization. “I wanted to create a pet calendar that was high-quality and unique," she says, "I knew I would need a professional photographer and graphic designer. I also wanted to have a fun theme, and the goal was to do something different every year.”
Past themes have included, “Classic Movie Moments" and "Hot Pets and Hunky Heroes.” This year is a “Cutest Show on Earth” carnival theme. Addison loves shooting the calendar and says his favorite part is “interacting with the pets and getting expressions out of them.” Last year for a vintage theme he sat Fletcher on top of stacked vintage suitcases, even though no one thought it would work. Addison had a split instant to get the cover shot as Fletcher jumped right at him.
The next step was to find the village. Along came photographer Addison Fitzgerald and graphic designer Maribel Angel. “I wanted to give something back to the community," said Addison, "and I’m also a rescue pet owner, so doing this calendar was a big deal for me.”
Another local artist donates her time and experience for the final stage of the calendar – the printing. Kristen from Kessler Creative says, “We know the calendar is a significant source of income for the Humane Society, which makes it meaningful to us.” Kristen says, “Knowing how many little animal souls are touched day in and day out is the biggest reward of the project.”
Maribel said, “Being a big animal lover, I wanted to do something to help out an animal rescue organization. Seeing all the adorable entries is a blast.”
themselves – from dogs and cats to Pierre the rabbit.
Market Street Boutique opened a new location in the middle of the city. Now your boutique gifting needs are just a little closer. 841 S Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 7
In order to compete for the top spot, owners of rescued pets send in photos and receive votes. The winner gets the cover shot and a gift certificate for Columbia Restaurant. The other twelve runner ups are featured on each month of the calendar. Though anything could happen, currently a feisty little Pekingese named Liam Jewel is out in front with exactly 1000 votes (the second place is hundreds of points behind with 650!).
Hibiscus Hut Food Truck revved up their engine to provide delicious catering on the go. A little healthy, a little guilty pleasure, delicious for everyone! 216 S Ponce De Leon Boulevard
Right now there are 80 contestants, with dogs leading the pack with 66 entries, along with 13 cats and one bunny.
Diane's Natural Market moved to the new, happenin' St. Augustine strip. All the same organic, natural goodness in a new space. We've missed them! 841 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Finally, the Pin Up Paws party on December 2 at the Limelight Theater is the place to be to celebrate another successful year of calendar cuteness. www.staughumane.org/pinuppaws
All of the creative contributors to the calendar own rescued pets www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Philosopher's Fire Pottery opened a space in Zaytoun AlJundi to create beautiful and unique handmade pottery. 76 Spanish Street
MOD Mari opened for business in the heart of downtown. Adorable resortwear and ultra-mod gifts are this shop's specialty. 1 King Street
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KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE ST. AUGUSTINE ROCKS In the past few months, a little color has been popping up around the city. Individuals and businesses alike have been putting paint brushes to rocks, decorating them with fun patterns, colors, and sayings, and releasing them back into the city. The were started not only to bring a little extra color and excitement to the lives of residents but as an encouragement to get out and explore the Ancient City. And getting involved is pretty easy. All you need to do is keep an eye out and watch the world around you as you go about your day. You can also paint rocks of your own and leave them in some of your favorite places for others to find. When you find one, share a picture online with the hashtag #StAugustineRocks then hide it again. The search helps us to take a moment, perk up, and notice. This artistic movement may be small, but it brings the community together and spreads a little joy. www.facebook.com/StAugustineRocks
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DRESSING DOWNTON The world of Downton Abbey is about to descend on the nation’s oldest city. Are you ready to be transported?
By Teddy Regis| Photographs via ©Carnival Films
magnificent costume exhibition is coming to St. Augustine on October 4, and there is every reason to be thrilled. Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times is a traveling display that will make its final stop at the Lightner Museum. The show will span October 4-January 7, 2018 and boast 36 garments featured on the TV series Downton Abbey. The Lightner Museum is a fitting venue with its collection of Gilded Age antiquities. “If it’s meant to be anywhere, it’s meant to be at the Lightner Museum,” says museum Communications Coordinator Jennifer Jordon. The experience will allow you to immerse yourself in the world we came to know and love. Imagine entering the Grand Ballroom as a 12-piece jazz band performs, advancing through 16 rooms, and being transported to Downton with its costumes and furnishings situated through and through. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the occasion – as in full-fledged 1920’s era attire. Prepare for access to never-before-seen museum pieces which will be taken down from the seldom explored fourth floor staff quarters of the former Alcazar Hotel. Some original rooms will be open for viewing. Greeting you for this part of the tour will be Elizabeth www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Graham (Program Director and Fashion Designer) in a character portrayal of Alcazar Hotel’s Head Housekeeper Ms. Twombley. Guests will be greeted as if they are newly hired housekeepers in need of a fourth-floor servant quarters tour. After touring, you might sit for High Tea in the historic pool area of the museum. The event will kick off on October 3 with an opening reception where hors d’oevres, early 20th century-inspired cocktails, music, and snobbery will ensue. Celebrity appearances will be made in conjunction with the exhibit. Antiquarian and appraiser Nicholas Dawes (Antiques Roadshow) will give a lecture about how to conduct appraisals while TV personality and Food Historian Francine Segan (Food Network) will be present for a special chocolate lecture and tasting. Francine will also host a multi-course Gilded Age dinner. Flagler College will host lectures with Jessica Fellowes (author and niece of show creator Julian Fellowes). “Everyone gets it," says Jennifer. "They get how important this is to the museum. But not just the museum, it will help everybody…People are going to be staying at hotels, eating at restaurants, going shopping, they’re going to be making an experience out of this.” www.lightnermuseum.com/dressing-downton
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Shelby Says Sow
MAXIMIZING YOUR FALL HARVEST Have a small garden? Techniques like intensive spacing and succession planting will help you increase your production this season!
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By Shelby Stec
INTENSIVE SPACING Densely planting fall crops not only maximizes your space, it creates a living mulch that helps eliminate weed competition and maintains soil moisture. To achieve an intensely planted garden, ignore the “between row” spacing encouraged on seed packets or planting charts and concentrate on the “between plant” spacing. First, plant one row of veggies using the “between plant” spacing. Stagger the plants in your second row so each new plant is located between the plants in the first row while maintaining the "between plant" spacing in all directions. If placed correctly, your plants will create a series of equidistant triangles with each plant properly spaced from its neighbor. If space allows for a third row it will mirror the plants in the first row, creating a hexagon. A properly executed intensive planting will result in the edges of each plant barely touching its neighbor when it's fully grown. Although it's tempting to add more veggies, be sure to heed the spacing requirements because plants that are too crowded will not have enough water or nutrients to thrive. This method shouldn’t be used for baby greens, root vegetables, very large plants like squash, or climbing plants such as indeterminate tomatoes or sweet peas. We plant our climbing vegetables at the back edge of a bed so they are easy to prune, tie, and harvest. This leaves the rest of the bed available for intensely spaced plants. To densely plant your baby green or root vegetables, use double the "between plant" spacing between each row. For example, carrots should be placed with 2-3 inches between each plant and 6 inches between each row. Since you're never guaranteed 100 percent germination, it is best to lay down more seed than you need. Once the plants have sprouted, you will thin them to the proper spacing by pulling out extras.
SUCCESSION PLANTING Fall vegetables are split evenly between plants that will produce for months on end, like kale and collards, plants that can be harvested two to three times before they must be replanted, like baby greens or broccoli, and plants that are done after your first harvest, like carrots or cabbage. Succession planting, or planting a small number of plants every 2-3 weeks, will help you extend the life of your fall garden. Instead of planting one large block of a one-and-done crop like romaine lettuce, divide the space into four equal sections. If you plant one zone every TIME BETWEEN PLANTINGS 2 weeks you will have a continuous supply of lettuce throughout the season instead of one 2-3 Weeks huge lettuce harvest at once.
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powering the heartbeat of local causes The beautiful deeds of giving, charity, and philanthropy in our town are a bit overwhelming. Fill your life with a little posivity and read the stories â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from astounding organizations to incredible individuals, this is how St. Augustine cares.
When we all sat down in the office a few months ago to begin preparations for our “Giving” issue, the editorial team was inundated with people, organizations, ideas, and stories that fit perfectly into the theme. We maneuvered them around, back and forth, trying to find a space for each. That’s when we landed on the idea to have a full charity section. We had already decided that the issue needed a charity register, a comprehensive list of the nonprofit organizations serving St. Johns County, but this was a more ambitious feat. We wanted to be able to highlight the accounts we had heard of wonderful, quiet acts of charity and kindness. So inside this section, you’ll find stories of the organizations that have been serving diligently for years, of volunteers who offer their time and love, of selfless acts of giving by ordinary people. Inside is our community, offering up itself for the benefit of others. Alongside those stories you’ll find the astonishingly long list of nonprofit organizations serving our area. This list gives you the opportunity to support, volunteer, or even just identify an area of untapped need within the community. This list is your neighbors, your friends, the patron in the shop you frequent deciding that change in St. Johns County is going to begin with them, with us, with you.
educational opportunities in Tanzania. www.joymoja.com
At Artbreakers, the mission is to make sure that every cancer patient has what they need to get through cancer. 904-599-2551 www.artbreakers.org
Joy Moja, started by St. Augustine local Christina Joy, is a socially conscious retailer selling quality handmade products to provide
The current mission of the museum is to preserve, maintain, research, and interpret the museum's collections for the educational benefit of the visiting public. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org
Established in 1992, Limelight Theatre is the only year-round community theatre located
s i e n o o N " usele ss in t his world s n e t h g i l o wh f o n e d r u b t he anot her."
in St. Augustine. In addition to staging seven live shows during each season, Limelight offers year-round theatre education for ages 4 to adult. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org
Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center
The mission is to challenge the students, community, and visitors to cultivate individual creativity and historical consciousness. www.lincolnvillemuseum.org
2017 CHARITY REGISTER
amed Victorian novelist and social critic, Charles Dickens, once wrote, “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” An act of charity, of kindness, of philanthropy, extends the reach of our hand beyond ourselves and gives new purpose to our lives. Charity comes naturally to mankind and the performance of it is positive not only for the recipient but for the giver. Acts of kindness – giving back if you will – allows us to participate in the substance of humanity, encourages the communal aspects of the human race.
St. Augustine Ballet
SAB believes dance is an essential part of any thriving community. Their mission is to involve community members of all ages in meaningful dance experiences, whether as a participating dancer or audience member. 904-824-1746 www.saintaugustineballet.com
St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts Their mission is to find and
nurture the spirit of creativity and talent that rests within every person, providing affordable, quality arts education to the Saint Augustine community. 904-824-0664 www.sacspamusic.com
St. Augustine Historical Society The mission of the Saint Augustine Historical Society is to acquire, preserve, and interpret the historical resources for the benefit of the public through its stewardship of historic buildings and collections, research, publications and educational programming. www.saintaugustinehistoricalsociety. com
St. Augustine Jazz Society
Person of Interest
Haven Hospice Volunteer Of The Year
t’s rare to be nominated as volunteer of the year three times, but Diane Mahoney goes the extra mile, and her peers recognize her unique qualities. Diane Mahoney has been the jewel of the volunteer staff at Haven Hospice for seven years.“I am always happy to jump in wherever I am needed,” she says. Additionally, her experience as a psychiatric nurse trained her to know when to listen and when to become concerned enough to alert a social worker or a nurse. In 2010, Diane retired from Memorial Health Care as a 42-year veteran psychiatric nurse in South Florida and immediately relocated to St. Augustine to be near her daughter. After losing her husband 20 years ago, Diane often reflected on her personal experience with hospice at that time. “Something was missing,” she says, “and that propelled me to think about how I would do things differently. After relocating to St. Augustine, I knew that idle days were not for me, and I began to think about what type of volunteering would be fulfilling.” As she remembered her experience with her husband, she
The St Augustine Jazz Society was founded by area residents who enjoy jazz and swing music, good fellowship and the opportunity to serve the community. SAJS provides an important forum for the exchange of information among jazz enthusiasts within our area. www.staugjazzsociety.org
St. Augustine Lighthouse decided that hospice care would be her calling. She chose Haven Hospice as she felt a smaller organization would be able to offer the experience she believed patients and caregivers needed. One of her favorite assignments is to make “tuck calls.” These are phone calls made to caregivers on Friday afternoons to check in and make sure they have the support and supplies they will need for the weekend. She says, “I start the call by asking the caregiver how their day is going, and I take this opportunity to get a read on how the family is feeling.” “I am cognizant,” says Diane, “that I may be the last person to speak with a patient. I take that seriously and always listen thoughtfully and carefully to what patients are saying. I also pay attention, as everyone’s needs are different.” The experience and wisdom Diane brings to home care is a blessing for Haven Hospice. www.beyourhaven.org
Their mission is to discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of the Nation's Oldest Port as symbolized by our working Lighthouse. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
St. Augustine Youth Orchestra
SAYO is committed to foster musicianship for students, providing musical education as well as performance opportunities. SAYO seeks to encourage young players to develop their talents and seek a future in professional music. 618-960-6478 www.staugyouthorch.org
tag! Children’s Museum The museum creates transformative, play-based opportunities to discover, explore, and innovate. 904-647-1757 www.tagmuseum.org
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
The center provides exhibitions of local, regional and national artists in a variety of media, events, and through quality arts classes, lectures, and workshops.
ANIMAL RESCUE The Ark Rescue and Wildlife Rehabilitation
It is their goal to be a safety net for injured, orphaned or ill wildlife. Injured or ill wildlife receive compassionate and competent medical assistance then shelter until release. 904-679-1533 www.thearkrescue.org
Ayla's Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue, Inc.
Along with education, outreach, adoption, and fostering programs, Ayla’s Acres maintains a 45-acre sanctuary where “unadoptable” animals may live out their lives with peace, love, and dignity. 650-520-5201 www.aylasacres.org
Blue Voice’s mission is to protect dolphins, save the whales, and other marine mammals and to raise popular awareness about toxic chemicals in the oceans. www.bluevoice.org
H.A.W.K.E. Wildlife Rehabilitation
H.A.W.K.E. rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild birds, mammals, and reptiles including endangered species that cannot be released back into the wild. 904-692-1777 www.hawkewildlife.org
St. Augustine Humane Society
The society promotes healthy responsible lifelong pet ownership by serving the medical and rehabilitative needs of companion animals in the community. 904-829-2737 www.staughumane.org
St. Augustine Wild Reserve
The St. Augustine Wild Reserve is a non-profit corporation created as a rescue center for unwanted exotic animals. 904-940-0664 www.staugustinewildreserve.org
“It is always very gratifying to see the honest joy in our volunteer’s faces as they see the impact of their efforts...Volunteers realize they, as just one person, can have a positive impact in our community. " Meg Balke, St. Johns CARES, Inc.
K9s for Warriors
K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to soldiers suffering from disabilities, injuries, and trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. 904-686-1956 www.k9sforwarriors.org
S.A.F.E Pet Rescue
S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue, Inc. was founded with the goal of saving adoptable dogs and cats from euthanasia in Northeast Florida. 904-460-0556 www.safe-pet-rescue-fl.com
Swamp Haven Rescue
The mission is to provide the short term care needed to ensure a long term future for death row dogs in the underserved rural communities in North Florida. www.swamphaven.org
Wags & Whiskers Pet Rescue Wags & Whiskers Pet Rescue is a non-profit, No-Kill pet rescue and adoption agency that fosters dogs and cats until they
are adopted. 904-797-1913 www.wwpetrescue.org
BASIC NEEDS Catholic Charities of St. Augustine
Their mission is to provide services to anyone in need, regardless of race or religion; to advocate justice, human dignity and quality of life; and to call all people to join in these efforts. 904-829-6300 www.ccbstaug.org
Feeding Northeast Florida
Feeding Northeast Florida works to ensure that these children & families, seniors, and veterans have the food and hope that they need so they can focus on building a foundation for a stronger tomorrow. 904-513-1333 www.feedingnefl.org
Goodwill Industries of North Florida Goodwill Industries of North Florida is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting all individuals who face barriers to employment. They do this by providing innovative employment, training and placement services. 904-384-1361 www.goodwilljax.org
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope for those in need. Their vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. 904-826-3252 www.habitatstjohns.org
Home Again St. Johns
Home Again St. Johns works in a multi-agency coordinated system to alleviate homelessness in St. Johns County by engaging homeless individuals in implementing their own return to self-sufficiency. 904-687-6043 www.homeagainsj.org
On the biggest threat to the county......
"I believe the biggest issue we face in St Johns County is the perception we are an affluent community. There are certain pockets of need coming from all sorts of sections from our vast county. I think the awareness of a needs assessment and community involvement needs to grow and continue to be active. The more we educate our community on the parts needing assistance the caring hands of our community can unite creating even more effort of support." David Hartzel, INK (Investing in Kids)
Homeless Coalition St. Johns
St. Johns Housing Partnership
ESHC provides innovative programs to assist the most chronic homeless families with children in Florida’s St. Johns County to get off the street and on the road to self-sufficiency. 904-819-0059 www.homelesscoalitionstjohns.com
The St. Johns Housing Partnership is committed to promoting safe, decent, and affordable housing in North Florida by creating low and moderate-income housing, rebuilding neglected homes and neighborhoods. 904-824-0902 www.sjhp.org
Learn to Read of St. Johns County
Volunteer-based organization provides free literacy skills assessment and instruction in St. Johns and Putnam Counties to individuals 16 years of age and older. 904-826-0011 www.learntoreadstjohns.org
The drive and impact we provide...is instrumental in keeping the daily flow of success. Just seeing how grateful they are that INK exists for their ability to be successful is enough to keep burning the midnight oil.
Salvation Army’s St. Augustine Corps serves the local community by offering homeless services, disaster services, correctional services, holiday assistance, and more. 904-824-6880 www.salvationarmynefl.org
St. Augustine Christian Service Center
The mission of CSC is to partner with families, leaders, businesses, and churches to address the needs of individuals and families who are in poverty, homeless, or neglected. 904-808-1557 www.staugcsc.org
David Hartzel, INK (Investing in Kids)
St. Francis House
The St Francis House Mission is to engage the homeless in achieving stability, self-sufficiency, and a viable plan for their future by providing a safe, stable environment, access to essential services, supportive connections, and to advocate for changes that address the needs of the homeless population. 904-829-8937 www.stfrancisshelter.org
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St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. 904-824-3333 www.svdpusa.org
Diapers and baby essentials for a new mother getting back on her feet at the Alpha Omega Miracle Home.
CHILDREN AND TEEN SERVICES
more. 904-493-7744 www.chsfl.org
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Johns County
DePaul School of Northeast Florida
Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. 904-829-9986 www.bbbsstjohns.org
DePaul is committed to understanding and educating students with specific learning issues such as visual and auditory processing disorders, memory or attention deficits, and dyslexia. 904-223-3391 www.depaulschool.com
Boy Scouts of America Northeast Florida
Dreams Come True of Jacksonville
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices in their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scouts Oath and Law. 904-388-0591 www.nfcscouting.org
Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida Their mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. 904-396-4435 www.bgcnf.org
Child Cancer Fund
Their mission is to provide emotional, practical, educational, and financial support to families of children battling childhood cancer. 904-396-4223 www.childcancerfund.org
Children’s Home Society of Northeast Florida
CHS delivers solutions that empower parents and their children to build upon their unique strengths to realize their incredible potential, including counseling, foster care, education, teen mentoring, and
One average utility bill for a family in need assisted by Catholic Charities of St. Augustine.
Dreams Come True is the First Coast’s only locally-based, wish granting organization dedicated to using the power of a dream to bring hope and joy to every First Coast child battling a life-threatening illness. 904-296-3030 www.dreamscometrue.org
Early Learning Coalition of North Florida
To serve parents, caregivers and educators of children ages birth to pre-kindergarten by managing and evaluating early child care and early education programs through a quality school readiness delivery system. 904-342-2267 www.elcnorthflorida.org
The First Tee
Their mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. www.thefirsttee.org
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council
They’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls.
Updated shots and a visit to the Veterinarian for a healthy dog rescued by Swamp Haven Rescue.
A whole bedroom makeover including fresh paint, furniture and decor for a boy living at St. Augustine Youth Services.
United for St. Johns County The United Way has done some great work here in St. Johns County. Get to know the organization through a quick glance at their numbers over the years.
United Way Organizations worldwide
Year that the local United Way chapter began
Distributed to community partners since the organization's beginning
Partner agencies in St. Johns County who receive funding from United Way
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60 Years of Service For the last 60 years, the United Way of St. Johns County has been connecting local donations with local charities.
ince 1957, the United Way of St. Johns County has collected and distributed over $30 million to community partners including the Council on Aging, the Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, the USO, and many others. Each year, over 100 volunteers from St. Johns County review grant proposals from these vetted, local partner organizations and decide who will receive annual funds from United Way. But to mark their 60th anniversary, the United Way is exploring options for a larger project that will have a bigger impact on our community. “For us, it’s not about the money that’s raised,” says Executive Director Melissa Nelson, “it’s about the lives that are changed.” All of the nonprofit agencies who partner with United Way fall into one of the organization's three categories of focus: health, education, or financial stability. However, there is one issue that seems to come up in all three categories with a growing sense of urgency: affordable housing. “This idea for a collaborative project started because we kept hearing from service workers, first responders, and teachers who can’t afford to live in St. Johns County,” says Bobby Crum, Chairman of the United Way Board of Trustees. “We also have hundreds of students without permanent housing in St. Augustine.” www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
An advisory committee is still brainstorming ideas with the group’s community partners like the St. Johns Housing Coalition and the St. Francis House to determine the best course of action for attacking affordable housing in St. Augustine. In the meantime, another pressing local issue arose last year when residents needed help recovering from Hurricane Matthew. “We learned a hard lesson from Matthew,” says Melissa. “We were illprepared to provide immediate aid because we normally push our donations right back out to our partners as soon as we receive them. Now we have created an emergency fund for those situations.” To fund these new projects, the United Way is also expanding their donor base with two local affinity groups. Women United hosts an annual luncheon with a keynote speaker to raise funds for United Way while the newest group, Emerging Leaders, brings together St. Augustine’s young professionals through social events and volunteer opportunities. A third group for small, philanthropic-minded businesses is in development for the Spring of 2018. www.unitedway-sjc.org
A Voice for the Silent The small community of St. Augustine is brimming with animal lovers and philanthropists who lend support to a plethora of animal rescue organizations.
ften, when people think rescue, they conjure up images of soft baby kittens or neglected old pooches. The majority of rescue groups do focus on domestic animals, specifically dogs and cats and a few lucky bunnies. However, wildlife rehabilitation is another important aspect of animal rescue. Overdevelopment of habitats and inclement weather are two of the many reasons that local wildlife often needs attention from caring professionals. Luckily, in St. Augustine we have rescue shelters for those who want to adopt an animal and for those who may run across injured wildlife. Dog and cat lovers will not find a shortage of opportunities to adopt. For example, S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue saved over 1800 animals over the last year and Swamp Haven rescues 90 dogs annually from being euthanized. Swamp Haven’s President and Co-Founder Lindsey Kelley’s mission is to “save innocent death row dogs, plain and simple.” She says, “Often dogs flagged for euthanasia have an illness or behavioral issue, which results in having more dogs than adoptive families.” Many of our local pet organizations have regular adoption events. Additionally, their websites feature photos and descriptions of available adoptable animals. Swamp Haven has two adoption events per month – every 2nd Sunday at Ancient City Brewing from 1-5pm and every third Saturday at the Nocatee Farmer’s Market. S.A.F.E has mobile adoption at Riverside Arts Market and Sundays at Petco Marsh Landing.
Another service of these rescue agencies is to help pet owners with the care of their animals. Wags and Whiskers offers a monthly dog wash, dog and cat grooming, and low-cost spay and neuter. Ayla’s Acres provides education and
outreach covering topics such as humane treatment of animals and how to choose the right pet for your family. Have you ever come across injured wildlife and not known what to do? Karen Ward-Lynch and Thaida Bonner got started with The Ark after frequently coming across wildlife in need. They applied for permits in 1998 and soon word of their organization spread. Their numbers are evidence of the growing need for their service as currently, they have 103 animals in care, ranging from songbirds to gopher tortoises to juvenile opossums and they take in 1500-2000 wild animals annually. Karen says, “The time frame for the release of a rehabilitated animal is between 3-6 months of care.” Finally, another common need for rehabilitation comes from private citizens adopting exotic pets. The Wild Reserve, a 7-acre exotic animal reserve founded by Deborah Warrick opened in 1995. “Many individuals obtain an exotic pet," she says, "only to realize that the animal's wild nature doesn't fit into their lives as they expected. This is where we come in.” The Wild Reserve currently has over 100 animals, including tigers and wolves and an abundance of free-range fowls. Volunteer Karen Malfy says, “Almost all of the animals at the Reserve are on the endangered species list. Most of the animals were raised in captivity.” All of these agencies need volunteers and funds to be successful. Many have thrift stores, so if you don’t have free time, you can always donate or shop at one of the many animal rescue thrift stores here in town. We're a town that loves our animals and one of the best ways to show that love is to care for the animals that are already out there. Animal rescue allows you to save a life and ensure a futurewww.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com for our furry neighbors.
Death row dogs are given short-term care for a long-term future – Swamp Haven Rescue exists to change that. "Shelters are a stressful, scary place for animals. Dogs and cats picked up as strays come in contact with a perfect stranger, potentially scruffed or caught by a catch pole (long pole with a wire loop at the end), placed in a truck that may drive around for hours as ACO's are dispatched to calls, then brought in to a facility full of scared, threatened, exhausted, anxious dogs and cats. This isn't the place for an accurate temperament test, especially if they're being evaluated right off the truck." Lindsey Kelley, Swamp Haven Rescue
And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. 904-388-4653 www.girlscouts-gateway.org
Investing in Kids (INK)
INK leads efforts to directly benefit the educators and students within the school district, striving to provide the tools and resources that are necessary to help each child reach their full potential. 904-547-7120 www.ink-stjohns.org
Kids Bridge is a supervised family visitation center that offers on-site supervised visits, parent exchange services, and several programs and courses to help strengthen families. 904-824-8810 www.kids-bridge.org
Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida Every 38 minutes Make-AWish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. 904-580-5906 www.cnfl.wish.org
PACT Prevention Coalition
The organization brings together different sectors of the community to address the issue of underage substance abuse. 904-829-6261 www.facebook.com/ PactPreventionCoalition
The StarLight Project
The StarLight Project encourages mental, physical, and emotional development, creativity, and lifelong learning for children with special needs, through the design of custom-made dream bedrooms. 561-670-1102 www.thestarlightproject.com
ST. AUGUSTINE SHRINE CLUB The St. Augustine Shrine Club is a Masonic organization which
raises funds to support the Shiner’s Hospitals for Children. The Hospitals provide care for children with special healthcare needs. 904-764-1555 www.staugustineshrineclub.com
St. Augustine Youth Services SAYS provides for all basic needs of children, such as food, clothing, shelter, education, and activities within a therapeutic milieu designed to meet the needs of emotionally disturbed children. 904-829-1770 www.sayskids.org
St. Johns County 4-H Through a “learn by doing” experience, 4-H helps youth learn leadership, citizenship, and a variety of life skills that promote positive development. www.stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H
St. Johns County Police Athletic League
PAL provides sports programs and activities which contribute to the development of character, integrity, physical and mental fitness, citizenship, and personal well being. 904-829-9438 www.stjohnspal.org
Young Life’s mission is to help adolescents grow in their faith. Young Life goes where kids are, builds personal relationships, provides life-changing experiences, and helps young people develop the skills, assets, and attitudes to reach their full potential. 904-826-8645 www.staugustine.younglife.org
COMMUNITY All American Air Charitable Foundation
The AAACF’s purpose is to provide direction and beneficiary selection of charitable giving and to organize/operate fundraising activities intended to sustain and grow philanthropic support of selected agencies and causes. 904-540-0909 www.aaacharitablefoundation.org
Act of Kindness Compassionate St. Augustine
Compassionate’s mission is to inspire others to affirm the Charter for Compassion and to help grow and foster sustainable cultures of compassion locally, nationally and globally. www.compassionstaugustine.org
Junior Service League of St. Augustine
The JSL of St. Augustine is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of its members for volunteer participation in community affairs and demonstrating the effectiveness of trained volunteers within St. Johns County. www.jslofstaugustine.org
Keepers of the Coast
The mission of Keepers of the Coast is to work together to ensure that our beaches will remain a beautiful part of our local environment and provide a safe place for coastal residents to recreate for future generations. www.keepersofthecoast.org
Their mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. 904-687-9563 www.lionsclubs.org
SOUL STITCHERS They're taking something old and making it new – all for a good cause.
All I want to do,” says Pauline Laliberte, “is make life a little easier for those who have less. It's as simple as that.” It was this motivation that started Soul Stitchers. Soul Stitchers is a group of now seven women that got together and began an unusual type of recycling/charity hybrid that benefits the homeless of the area. Together the group crochets and weaves plastic bags into soft mats that they then distribute around the county. “The mats are easy to clean,” says Pauline, “they keep one warm from the cold and/or damp ground, and are transportable as they have straps crocheted on them for ease.” Each mat requires around 700 plastic bags and to date, they’ve made almost 140 mats. Though most of the work is done at their respective home, the women meet each week to catch up on progress and each others’ lives. It’s a communal act of love and it keeps moving forward with more mats and more ideas. “The magic in giving,” says Pauline, “is that there is always another idea around the corner.” The Soul Stitchers’ creations make a terrible situation just a little more comfortable.
Northeast Florida Community Action Agency
Their mission is to collaborate with community partners to stabilize vulnerable households and empower families in Northeast Florida to achieve selfsufficiency through education, employment, and advocacy. 904-824-0978 www.nfcaa.net
Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to
provide humanitarian services and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are four Rotary organizations serving the area. www.staugustinerotary.org
RSVP of St. Johns
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of St. Johns County provides opportunities for people 55 years of age and better to assist not-for-profit agencies in the area. www.rsvpstjohns.com
Sertoma works within the community to serve the needs of individuals who have fallen upon medical, and financial hardship, as well as with at-risk children. They also work with other organizations to meet their needs. www.saintaugustinesertoma.org
ST. AUGUSTINE REGIONAL COUNCIL
St. Augustine Regional Council is dedicated to improving quality of life for residents of the area through community outreach, building relationships and discovering local assets. 904-599-2551 www.staugustineregionalcouncil. com
St. Johns Volunteers!
St. Johns Volunteers! seeks to match the unique talents of individuals who desire to make a difference in the lives of others with rewarding local service opportunities. 904-584-9600 www.stjohnsvolunteers.org
We rely on local volunteers to take [our] pups into their homes until the dogs can receive their formal service dog training. This is an incredibly selfless and beautiful act... It takes a big heart and a true passion for our mission. Samantha Epstein, K9s for Warriors
St. Johns Cares
The nonprofit organization is committed to providing assistance to local charities and those in need through donations and time. 904-507-7740 www.stjohnscares.org
St. Johns County Cultural Council
The mission of the council is to promote St. Johns County as a premier arts destination where the lives of both residents and visitors are enriched through arts and culture. 904-808-7330
United Way of St. Johns County
United Way of St. Johns County brings together agencies, businesses, organizations, faith-based groups, government and individuals to focus on the community problems that matter most. 904-829-9721 www.unitedway-sjc.org
DISABILITIES The Arc of the St. Johns
The charity provides the opportunity for hope, growth, and change to people with intellectual disabilities in our community. 904-824-7249 www.arcsj.org
Building Abilities of Special Children and Adults BASCA Inc. is a multifaceted organization whose mission is to provide better living, working, educational, social and recreational opportunities for children and adults with special needs. 904-541-1742 www.bascainc.org
Haven Horse Ranch
Haven Horse Ranch assists children with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction and therapy with horses. 904-813-5710 www.havenhorseranch.org
HEALTH American Cancer Society
At the American Cancer Society, they are on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until they do, they fund and conduct research, share expert information, support patients, and spread the word about prevention. 904-398-0537 www.cancer.org
American Diabetes Association
Their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. 904-730-7200
American Heart Association
AHA provides public health education, CPR education training, provide sciencebased treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals, educate lawmakers, policymakers and the public as they advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities. 904-903-5219 www.heart.org
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education, and advocacy. 904-520-7117 www.lung.org
American Red Cross Northeast Florida
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Their network of donors, volunteers, and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world. 904-358-8091 www.nefloridaredcross.org
Community Hospice & Palliative Care Community provides hospice care, advanced illness management, and services for those living with chronic conditions. 904-268-5200 www.communityhospice.com
Council on Aging
The Council assists local seniors through community centers, the Meals on Wheels program, memory enhancement programs,
On your favorite volunteer experience... "It is always very gratifying to see the honest joy in our volunteer’s faces as they see the impact of their efforts. Whether it be serving hungry families, washing dogs at a fundraiser or watching children deliver donations to the local food bank – volunteers realize they, as just one person, can have a positive impact in our community. Watching the pre-school children bringing in their school’s food drive donations is something I personally look forward to every year! Those little guys are so proud of their work, and we are teaching them about helping others at an early age." Meg Balke, St. Johns CARES, Inc.
Upcoming Events Nonprofits are always in need of donations and support, but that assistance doesn't always have to come from writing a check. Do some good for the community and have a good time at the these fundraisers in October and November. SAIR A FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL October 1, 12-4pm With food selections from the city’s best local independent restaurants and more than 100 wines from around the world, this annual event benefits a local charity. www.staugustinerestaurants.com
PINK UP THE PACE October 7 Pink Up The Pace raises money to assist the uninsured and underinsured in the early detection of breast cancer and increase public awareness. www.pinkupthepace.com THINK PINK IN OCTOBER October 14, 9am A 70-mile motorcycle ride to benefit Unity Outreach and breast cancer research. www.thinkpinkinoctober.com BR ATINI October 19, 6-9pm This annual event raises money to help cancer patients in the community. www.staugustineregionalcouncil.com MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS November 4, 5:30-10:30pm The 35th annual gala of the Junior Service League of St. Augustine is an elegant black-tie affair benefiting 10 local and national charities. www.jslofstaugustine.org
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A Mobile Mission Kathy Griggs, known as the “Mobile Manicurist,” has a heart and a passion for serving those who need it most.
n 1987, Kathy Griggs was searching for something to do while her children were in school when she decided to enroll in cosmetology classes at Riverside Academy in Jacksonville. She completed her nail technician certificate and went to work at a local salon. But when winter came, business tapered off and Kathy took a second job as a home health care worker. As she began to visit with elderly residents across Northeast Florida, Kathy realized her patients had a critical need she could fill.
Working out of the Center for Foot Health Care in Riverside, Kathy began offering her services to seniors and individuals suffering from diabetes. Both groups benefited from the increased circulation in their feet and hands brought on by a deep massage and warm soak. “I have one patient who comes in every two weeks, she has poor circulation in her legs and arthritis in her hands,” says Kathy. “She said it really helps her and she was so happy, she just felt like it gave her hope again.”
"I FELT I COULD COMBINE MY MEDICAL SERVICE WITH MY PAMPERING SERVICE"
“I noticed a lot of seniors weren't receiving proper foot care,” says Kathy. “They would get bed baths, but no one was focusing on their feet. I felt I could combine my medical service with my pampering service, so I found a podiatrist's office who thought it was a great idea and we started working together as a team.” This need allowed Kathy to use her skill for something important.
After launching her business in the podiatry office, Kathy realized she could help more folks by taking her services to them. She now travels all over Florida and Georgia to longterm care facilities and private homes.
“This is something that people need on a regular basis,” says Kathy. “So whatever I can do to help them, whether it's in my office or at their residence, I'm going to do everything I can to make sure they get the care they deserve.”
an adult day care program, and companionship. 904-209-3700 www.coasjc.com
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Their mission is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to highquality, specialized care. 904-733-3560 www.cff.org/northfl
Act of Kindness
Laundry Angels Sometimes, to fulfill a need, you have to look beyond the big picture to the everyday concerns.
fter Hurricane Matthew hit, Sandra Dee had a purposeful idea. She said, “My daughter told me that kids were not coming to school because they didn’t have clean clothes to wear.” So the idea hatched for Laundry Angels. “We started off helping those dislocated to the Red Cross Shelter,” says Sandra, “and asking them to join the Facebook page. Soon hundreds of people had joined, and the volunteers began to sign up.” The process began with laundry angels making contact with victims. The next step was the distribution of labelled bags and supplies. Sandra says, “It was a moment of blind trust to hand over personal belongings to a stranger. For many, all they had left was their clothing.” For Sandra the rewards were endless. She says, “I will never forget the smile from the single mom who had clean clothes for work or how appreciative children were to feel some normalcy. However, most of all, I remember the hugs.”
end T1D. 904-739-2101 www.jdrf.org/northflorida
Mental Health America of Northeast Florida
Mental Health America of Northeast Florida raises awareness, provides training on mental health and wellness, helps people navigate the system, and impacts mental health policy and legislation. 904-738-8420 www.mhajax.org
Epic Behavioral Services
Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Multiple Sclerosis Society North Florida Chapter
The mission is to strengthen our community by assisting individuals and families impacted by drugs and alcohol, mental health disorders, and related problem behaviors through a comprehensive system of Education, Prevention, Intervention and Counseling. 904-829-2273 www.epicbh.org
The hospice serves end-oflife and palliative needs with compassion by providing medical care and comfort for the ill. 877-379-6270 www.beyourhaven.org
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscledebilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. 904-296-7434 www.mda.org
The North Florida Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in North Florida and raise funds for critical MS research. 904-322-6810 www.nationalmssociety.org/ fln
Northeast Florida AIDS Network
Northeast Florida AIDS Network provides compassionate leadership, services, and advocacy in meeting the prevention,
health, spiritual, and social needs of individuals, families, and communities. 904-356-1612 www.nfanjax.org
StewartMarchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare
SMA is a leader in behavioral healthcare and has over 50 years of experience providing exceptional and comprehensive services to individuals living with addiction, mental illness or both. 1-800-539-4228 www.smabehavioral.org
Though they support organizations searching for a cure to breast cancer, the focus is to assist men and women with basic needs during treatment such as co-pays, wigs, lymphedema, prosthesis, and other medical needs related to breast cancer. 904-571-1658 www.unityoutreachstaug.org
Vision is Priceless Council Their mission is to serve as the premier community resource for improving the vision health of First Coast children and adults through screening, referral, and education. 904-308-2020 www.visionispriceless.org
Wildflower Clinic The mission of Good Samaritan Health Centers, Inc. is to advance the health and well-being of qualifying St. Johns County residents
What keeps you going day-to-day? "Seeing the results of what we do. There isn’t a clinic day that passes that we don’t see a grateful pet owner who was about to give up hope of finding veterinary care for their pet. Sometimes it’s as simple as providing free food, and sometimes we literally save a life with emergency care. Every day is different and challenging." – Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Act of Kindness
What is your greatest triumph as an organization? Every month we save more and more lives, veterans and dogs. We have paired over 300 dogs to disabled veterans. Seeing these men and women who were once very depressed, isolated, and hypervigiliant getting back into their communities, obtaining college degrees, coaching little league teams, being active in the lives of their families and friends…that is the best gift ever. – Samantha Epstein, K9s for Warriors
requiring medical and dental care. 904-829-1962 www.goodsamstaug.org
LEGAL SERVICES St. Johns County Legal Aid
Their mission is to provide high quality legal assistance to low income and special needs groups – to empower them to accomplish energetic and affirmative advocacy, all to alleviate the circumstances, incidents, and causes of poverty and discrimination. 904-827-9921 www.jaxlegalaid.org
MILITARY SERVICES United Service Organization
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. www.uso.org
is to bring mind-body wellness to the Children & Families of our community through partnerships, education and outreach. 904.699.5651 www.facebook.com/ ProjectBalance
St. Augustine Family YMCA
The mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. 904-471-9622 www.firstcoastymca.org
VeloFest works to make a more peaceful commuting experience while decreasing carbon footprint, promoting healthy activity, and promoting the cultural importance of cycling. www.velofest.org
WOMEN’S ISSUES Alpha Omega Miracle Home
Alpha-Omega Miracle Home (AOMH) is a faith based non-profit offering supportive housing, along with holistic program offerings, to single mothers, their children, and senior women. 904-823-8588 www.aomh.org
Betty Griffin House
Their mission is to work with local governments to provide assistance and representation for veterans in St. Johns County. www.veteranscouncilsjc.org
The mission of Christian Surfers is to be a ministry to surfers and a mission for surfers to impact the beach and beyond with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 904-471-4308 www.christiansurfers.com
Betty Griffin House actively fights against domestic violence in the community with a shelter, hotline, and services for victims. 904-808-8544 www.bettygriffinhouse.org
This non-profit partners with local agencies in Asia to build, expand, and maintain shelters for women
The mission of Project Balance
Her Future Coalition
call for a miracle
When Katie Lay saw her friend Cat Flint's Facebook and girls rescued from human trafficking and offer opportunities post last April asking for for education. www.herfuturecoalition.org a miracle, she knew right Life Services of St. away she would answer. Johns County Life Services of St. Johns County After talking it over with serves women facing unintended or unplanned pregnancy. They offer parenting and life skills her husband, Katie began classes, couples counseling, and materials assistance. a seven-month process 904-599-6122 www.elifeservices.org to donate her kidney to North Florida a total stranger. Months Healthy Start Coalition of tests finally declared The Healthy Start Coalition leads a cooperative community effort Katie a match for Scott to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of children, Christiensen, who was childbearing women and their families in Northeast Florida. dangerously close to kidney 904-723-5422 www.nefhealthystart.org failure due to a genetic St. Gerard Campus disorder. The two strangers, The non-profit maternity home and Christian high school for pregnant teenagers promotes education first met for tests in July and helps with pregnancy testing, sonograms, and counseling. 2016 at a New York hospital. 904-829-5516 www.stgerardcampus.org In November 2016, the Susan G. Komen surgery was completed North Florida The organization’s mission is to successfully at Yale New provide funding for breast health services, breast cancer education Haven Hospital in Scott's and outreach in their five-county service area. native Connecticut. “It's one 904-448-7446 www.komennorthflorida.org of the most rewarding things on t fi ro p on n r Don 't se e you I've ever done,” says Katie, l ai em an s u the list? Send a mother of two. “I gained a 17 0 2 e th to and we'll add you friend and an extra family.”
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Style HANDMADE CERAMICS By Molly Wilson
When I was growing up, I remember a cabinet built into the wall in our dining room that housed the special china. It was china only used for birthdays, holidays, or when mom was having a hard week and wanted to put together a nice dinner as a small victory. The china was passed down from my grandmother or given as a gift at Christmas and it had a kind of sacredness to it. They were hallowed objects with history and consequence inlayed in the small gold-leaf flowers on their edges. In an age of convenience and plastic, it's rare to come across an object instilled with that same significance. The handmade ceramics of Lauren Ytterbom, however, make the cut. Each of the dishes, mugs, vases is crafted by the artist's own hands and comes out just a little bit unique from every other piece. Not only are they beautiful and classic, with a sleek contemporary feel, they are the type of piece to add to your china cabinent. They'll be passed down to your children and admired as a part of your life story. They're the kind of ceramics that will brighten a holiday, give a birthday some celebration, and make a hard week just a little bit better.
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1 - SUNGLASSES
"I've had the same sunglasses for almost 10 years, and with a brand like TF... they will never be out of style..." Cyrille Eyewear, available
from Tom Ford
2 - BRIEFCASE
"I've always been a fan of practical, everyday lux items. The waxwear waterproof material makes this briefcase ready for my daily adventures." Bag, available from
3 - WATCH
"I wear this watch everyday. It's like a classic racecar on my wrist."
Breitling Superocean Heritage, available at Bluewater Jewelers 4 - SCARF
"No matter where I am in the world this scarf comes with me. It's perfect for all my pop-up music video documentary moments!"
The self proclaimed "Saint Augustine Big Mouth" is the new Director of Development for INK (Investing in Kids). Davey is well known for his over-the-top events, philanthropic work, and NYC sophisticated fashion. In this edition, he lets us in on how to talk the walk in our ancient city streets. Photography by Rob Futrell
Skull Scarf, available from Alexander McQueen 5 - WINE
"Best bottle of wine for the money in town (in my opinion) is at Black Molly Grill. My friends will call me up and say let's go have a date with Rodney. He's plump, juicy, and always makes us feel fabulous."
Rodney Strong Estate, available at Black Molly Grill
6 - BLANKET
"I am obsessed with color. I relax and revel in bold loud patterns and mix matched bohemian shapes. Kanthas are all over my house."
Kantha blanket, available at Tuesday Morning
"For years I swear by this product."
Shea Moisture Black African Soap, available at Target 8 - SHOES
"Also known as my lucky boots... They cocoon my feet so I can stand for days and not be bothered." John
Varvatos Spectator Boots, available from John Varvatos
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FALL FASHION Be prepared once that thermometer starts to drop! Cuddle up and keep yourself warm with some of our favorite cozy clothing picks that you can get locally. 1 - SWEATER Bundling up doesn't always mean looking drab! Keep cozy and cute in a twist-back sweater.
Available at GOLDFINCH Boutique 2 - BLANKET This blanket just begs for a movie night by the fire in a log cabin. Even if all you have is Netflix by the beach, you'll still stay warm.
Available at Obscura
3 - SCARF Sometimes the easiest way to look fashionable while staying warm is a printed scarf.
Available at Francesca's
4 - BOOTS There's no reason to sacrifice your comfort on a night out. Your legs will stay cozy in these thigh-high boots while you hit the scene.
Available at Charlotte Russe
5 - SOCKS Even if no one will get to see your adorable, pun-tastic socks through all your layers, you'll be thinking about the cuteness all day long.
Available at Declaration & Co.
6 - BABY HAT Adults aren't the only ones that have to keep warm as the temperature drops.
Available at Rose & Pearl
7 - COOZY Protect your hands and keep your drink chilled on those crisp nights around the bonfire. A sweater for your bottles!
Available at Sidney Carol's
8 - HOODIE This is the perfect little hoodie for the Florida fall. It'll keep you warm (but not too warm) in our uncertain weather.
Available at Fresh Produce
CRAVING CRANBERRY Cranberries aren't just for the Thanksgiving table! This gorgeous, bold color will transition you from the dark tones of fall right into the Christmas season.
1 - BRIE BAKER Take your hosting skills to the next level with a super stylish way to give you cheese plate a little extra oomph.
Available at The Gifted Cork
2 - BAG Have you ever had one of those bags that you'll change your outfit for, just to be able to use it? This is that bag.
Available at Spanish Dutch Convoy
3 -LIP SHINE Be the talk of the holiday office party with a shade that's sure to wow. Take a chance and add this dangerous tone to your makeup routine.
Available at Panache
4 - SHAMPOO Lotus flower and orchid give this Young Again wash a restorative power. It's some serious TCL for your hair.
Available at Philosophie Salon
5 -CUPCAKE LINERS Give your cupcakes and muffins a little holiday cheer with some decoration in a daring hue. Do they give out dessert prizes at holiday parties? Because they should.
Available at Tre Sebastian
6 -COCKTAIL KIT Holiday travel just got a little more fun. A great stocking stuffer (or carry on stuffer) for the friend that can't live without Bloody Marys.
Available at Oak & Adze
7 - NAIL POLISH This chip-resistant, week-long wear polish comes in this utterly inspiring cranberry shade. And completely adorable with that lip shine? We say yes.
Available at Debbie's Day Spa
YOUR FRIENDS-GIVING TABLE Gathering the friends and family around the table for the holidays can be stressful. Make your preparations a little easier with some stylish entertaining ware from a few local retailers.
1 - TABLE The perfect canvas to set your friends-giving meal.
Available at Peace Love Home
2 - CHEESE BOARD Start off the night with delicious hors d'oevures on a monogrammed board.
Available at Peace Love Home
3 - WINE Montinore Estate's Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with turkey!
Available at Tim's Wine Market
4 - SERVING UTENSILS Your salad and sides never looked so stylish.
Available at Rose and Pearl
5 - DISHCLOTHS These linen dishcloths will make even cleanup fun!
Available at Two Sparrows
6 - BREAD MIX Bread that's delicious and a little boozy
Available at The Ancient Olive
7 - BOTTLE OPENER Pop those tops so prettily.
Available at dhd HOME
8 - RECIPE CARD Record those recipes you want to pass down.
Available from M.C. Pressure
9 - CORKCICLE The easiest way to chill your bottles all night.
Available at Artsy Abode
10 - PLACEMAT Add a backdrop to your delicious dinner.
Available at West to East
11 - SPOON REST Keep your counters clean in the cutest way.
Available at Red Pineapple
OFFERING LUNCH & DINNER DAILY. FULL BAR W/ CRAFT COCKTAILS. OUTDOOR SEATING & CASUAL VIBES. CLOSED TUESDAYS!
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the ultimate guide to shopping local
SAINT AUGUSTINE 'Tis the season of gift giving where our wallets get a workout filling our hearts with joy. We can't think of anything more meaningful than shopping local at some of St. Augstine's chicest boutiques during the holidays. Photography by Ed Taylor
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Jewelry + Watches
SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE
W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Unique jewelry and gifts for men and women Bath and body products Home goods Locally made products
POPULAR BRANDS... Mudpie, Antionette's Bathhouse, Oak & Adze, Paper Source, Aspen Bay Candles, Tacori, Pandora, Slate and Tell PRICE RANGE $$- $$$
NETTLES FINE JEWELRY: Rose & Pearl Gift Boutique C L E V E R G I F T S • T I M E L E S S D I A M O N D S • WA T C H E S
This family owned and operated jewelry store features over 20 designer lines of designer jewelry and fine watches. In addition they have recently added a unique gift boutique called Rose & Pearl. Its a perfect place to find locally made products, seasonal home goods, intentional gifts and personalized gift baskets for baby showers and corporate thank you gifts. Come by and have some fun without having to dodge the downtown traffic. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
ABOUT THE OWNERS... Clay and Megan Nettles, along with their five children Cole (9), Cooper (9), Bailey Kate (6), Jude (5) and Rose (1), are Florida natives and proud second generation store owners.
904-484-7011 7458 US 1 North, Suite 106 904-824-5145 1811 US 1 South www.nettlesfinejewelry.com
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W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Christmas decorations year-round POPULAR BRANDS... Jim Shore, Dept 56 Villages, Disney, Byers' Choice Carolers, Cat's Meow, Christopher Radko ornaments, Fontanini Nativities, Christian Ulbrecht Authentic German Nutcrackers, Possible Dreams, Old World Christmas, Gund Stuffed Animals, Snowpinions, Snowbabies, Heartwood Creek, Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes, Peanuts, Greeting Cards, Puzzles, and locally handcrafted ornaments and gifts. PRICE RANGE $$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... Kathy and Dan retired to St. Augustine to make Kathy's dream of owning a Christmas shop a reality.
(904) 342-5313 162 St George Street, Unit 21 (Heritage Walk) www.perkypelican.com
PERKY PELICAN CHRISTMAS SHOPPE U N IQU E F IGU R I N E S • A F F OR DA BL E DE C OR AT IONS • C L A SSIC BR A N DS
The most magical place in St. Augustine! Our year-round Christmas shop features unique holiday gifts, collectibles and the largest selection of Christmas ornaments and decor in the historic district. Visit us to be transported to December any time of the year and find your favorite Christmas decor brands like Disney, Christopher Radko ornaments, Fontanini Nativities, Christian Ulbrecht Authentic German Nutcrackers, Gund Stuffed Animals, cards, puzzles, and locally handcrafted gifts. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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Jewelry + Diamonds
SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE
W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Gifts under $100, custom design & quality jewelry, diamond engagement rings, wedding bands, repairs by master jewelers POPULAR BRANDS... Forevermark DIamonds Breitling Watches Gabriel Bridal Sylvie Bridal A.Jaffe John Hardy Kendra Scott PRICE RANGE $$ - $$$
BLUE WATER JEWELERS J E W E L R Y • WA T C H E S • D I A M O N D S
When you walk through the doors of this fabulous jewelry store you will be greeted with a warm and friendly staff of experts who love what they do. You will also find beautiful handcrafted jewelry, a large selection of Forevermark and GIA diamonds, Breitling Watches, John Hardy, and so much more. Blue Water Jewelers offers a Master Jeweler, watch repairmen and diamond experts, who are available to help you with your jewelry needs. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
ABOUT THE OWNERS... Robert and Nicole are passionate about St. Augustine. They are extremely grateful and blessed to be a part of a community who has supported and loved their family. Their family just can not imagine a better place to call home.
904-829-5855 500 Anastasia Boulevard www.bluewater-jewelers.com
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W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... According to the editor of Southern Living Magazine, "Victoria Golden's wonderful Lost Art Gallery & Seas Spirits Gallery & Gifts next door", are part of the hidden treasures in St. Augustine you shouldn't miss! POPULAR BRANDS... Eclectic art from around the world. PRICE RANGE $-$$$$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... The owner Victoria Golden, a Fine Art Appraiser for over 25 years, provides amazing contemporary to classical art.
LOST ART GALLERY M USE U M QUA L I T Y • A F F OR DA BL E A R T • E C L E C T IC ST Y L E S
(904) 827-9800 210 St. George Street, C-1 www.lostartgallery.com
For over twenty five years, Lost Art Gallery has specialized in Antiquities to Contemporary Fine Art. The gallery features 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st century American, Latin American, Asian, Indian and European Fine Art and Objets d' Art released from private collections. Located in the Lyons Building (just around the corner from the Casa Monica Hotel), the Lost Art Gallery houses a one-of-a-kind collection of European, Latin American and regional art at affordable prices. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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Fine Art + Glass
SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE
W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Unique Roman glass jewelry, sea glass, nautical artifacts, wooden watches, unique jewelry, copper and glass fish, blown glass jelly fish chandeliers, stained glass, original ocean/nautical fine art, home decor. POPULAR BRANDS... Charles Albert Extasia Ithil Michael Michaud Joseph Quillan PRICE RANGE $- $$$$
SEA SPIRITS GALLERY & GIFTS HOM E AC C E N TS • J E W E L RY • GI F TS
The concept of this beautiful gallery and gift shop is to reflect the owners wonderment of the sea by showcasing specialty, oneof-a-kind pieces and beautifully designed items from around the world. It has been curated with unique sea-inspired fine art, blown glass, stained glass, sculptures, stunning jewelry, nautical artifacts and much more. Sea Spirits offers exceptional statement pieces by designers, artists and artisans with a continual arrival of new items. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
ABOUT THE OWNER... Victoria Golden is a Fine Art Appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers for 25 years. She is one of twelve initiated into the Explorers Club in 2011 for archeological, cultural, oceanographic and conservation efforts. Victoria also owns Lost Art Gallery, next door to Sea Spirits.
(904) 679-3811 210 St. George Street, C-2 www.seaspiritsgallery.com
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W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Swimwear Skate gear Surfboards Clothing POPULAR BRANDS... Reef, Billabong, Volcom, Quicksilver, Roxy, Hurley, Rusty, Lost, Vonsol PRICE RANGE $-$$$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... Aqua East Surf Shop opened in 1973 by surfer/skater Sandy Forsyth. He opened his first superstore in Neptune Beach in 1988, and ten years later a second one opened in St. Augustine Beach. His daughters Andrea Forsyth and Shauna Moore run both locations.
(904) 471-8070 1850 South A1A St. Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 246-2550 696 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach, FL 32266 www.aquaeast.com
AQUA EAST C LOT H I NG & F O OT W E A R • SW I M W E A R • SU R F & SK AT E
Aqua East is the local superstore for everything your adventurious lifestyle needs. The place to find gear for surfing, skateboarding, kayaking, wakeboarding and snowboarding, plus swimwear and lifestyle clothing from all major brands are available for men, women and children along with rental equipment for locals and visitors. Inside find a wide selection of boards and accessories, as well as wet suits.
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Boutique + Salon
SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE
W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Quality clothing that is easy care, fashion forward, wrinkle free and packs well . An affordable wardrobe with so many possibilities. Are you a curvy woman? Trendy plus-size fashion, sizes 12-28. You are not the forgotten woman at Debbie's. POPULAR BRANDS... Clara Sunwoo, Magna Fashion, Coco & Carmen, Simply Noelle and Periwinkle Jewelry PRICE RANGE $$$
DEBBIE'S DAY SPA & SALON S PA S E R V I C E S • W O M E N ' S W E A R & A C C E S S O R I E S • B E A U T Y P R O D U C T S
Located on the Island, Debbie's Day Spa & Salon, is an award winning spa and salon that has been a part of St. Augustine since 1992. Always focused on their mission to improve their clients " State of well being", their boutique, offers the final piece to your overall makeover. Inside you'll find a curated collection of jewelry, accessories, women's wear for all body types and spa and salon products. Gift cards are the perfect present no matter the occasion. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
ABOUT THE OWNER... Debbie has always felt passionate about fashion. Finding clothing that is classic and trendy for all women's sizing needs in St Augustine has always been a challenge. Clara Sunwoo and Magna clothing has achieved that for Debbie and her clients.
(904) 825-0569 403 Anastasia Boulevard www.debbiesdayspasalon.com
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Wine + Gifts
W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Wine Wine accessories Premium wine glassware Gift baskets Gourmet cheeses Muscadine Juice BRANDS WE CARRY... San Sebastian, Host, True, Oenophilia, Govino, Old St. Augustine, Minorcan Brands, Robert Rothschild, Stonewall Kitchen PRICE RANGE $$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... The Cox Family opened San Sebastian Winery in 1996 and has been family owned and operated since. Charles Cox is currently the president of Seavin Inc, San Sebastian and Lakeridge Winery.
SAN SEBASTIAN WINERY P R E M I U M W I N E S • E C L E C T I C A C C E S S O R I E S • G O U R M E T PA I R I N G S
San Sebastian Winery is nationally known for its award-winning wine and locally known for so much more. Complimentary tours and wine tasting are available daily along with an instructional wine tasting. The gift shop offers a variety of San Sebastian wines and other wine (904) 826-1594 157 King Street accessories. The Cellar Upstairs Wine Jazz and Blues Bar offers live music, San Sebastian wine, local beers on tap, gourmet food, downtown www.sansebastianwinery.com and waterfront scenery, lounge area, indoor and outdoor rooftop seating.
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Boutique + Salon
SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE
W H AT ' S ON L I N E ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Hand crafted ceramic wares such as vases, dinnerware and coffee mugs. Custom designed pieces developed exclusively in limited batches to add something special to your workplace or home. POPULAR STYLES... floral vases, cylinders, mugs, and bowls PRICE RANGE $-$$$
LAUREN YTTERBOM CERAMICS H A NDM A DE GIF TS • MODER N ST Y L E • F U NC T IONA L DESIGN
Lauren Ytterbom Ceramics is a local, modern ceramic studio and online retail shop. We offer homeware and dinnerware that are clean, modern & classic and suitable for everyday use. Each unique piece is hand thrown in stoneware or porcelain and glazed with recipes mixed from scratch. We strive to create a dialogue between our hand crafted forms + design, leaving a lasting impression when you hold each piece in your hands! www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
ABOUT THE OWNERS... Lauren Ytterbom is a St Augustine native with a BA in Fine Arts from Flagler and an MA in Art Therapy from NYU. She currently lives between Sweden and St Augustine with her husband and one year old daughter.
Shop online at
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Art + Collectibles
W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Creative, original paintings and sculptures. Larger paintings and collages with bold color Amusing and unique collectibles Affordable, one-of-a-kind art ARTISTS Joe Strasser Deane Kellogg James Rivers Professor Mahlon Kline and more PRICE RANGE $ - $$$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... Began collecting artists in Chicago during the 70-80's. Continued to purchase artwork on international travels. The assemblage grew in South Florida with the addition of works by Professor Mahlon Kline, Joe Strasser and, Betty Goodman.
(904) 429-7763 67 South Dixie Hwy
UPPITY ART U N USUA L C OL L EC T I BL E S • B OL D A R T WOR K • A M USI NG ST Y L E S
You can find Uppity Art Gallery on South Dixie Highway in the oldest city's newest art and restaurant area, West Augustine. The Gallery's privately owned original artwork consists of paintings, wooden, metal and ceramic sculptures, unusual furnishings, glassware and much more. The exhibited works have been purchased from international artists as well as local and regional creators, especially the local talent of James Rivers and Deane Kellogg. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
A Home Worth Fighting For Home Style
Like so many others, Scott and Noel Barnwell were forever changed by the community love they received after Hurricane Matthew. By Shannon O'Neil | Photography by Leonard Blush
year after pouring their hopes, aspirations, and savings into a four-bedroom, two-bath, cinder block house in Davis Shores, Scott and Noel Barnwell hung one final picture in their new nursery and declared their dream home renovation complete. Two weeks later, Hurricane Matthew slammed into St. Augustine. While Scott, a lieutenant with the St. Johns County Fire Department, worked roundthe-clock alongside his fellow firefighters, Noel, who was 39 weeks pregnant with the couple's first child, rode out the storm in a hotel off State Road 16. As soon as they were able to, the Barnwells returned home to assess the damage. “It was eerie,” recalls Noel. “It looked pretty much like we left it – the power was even back on – except everything was wet and there was mud all over the floor.” “At first, it was almost a relief to know what had happened and what we were up against,” says Scott. “We thought, 'Okay, some flood damage, we can handle this.'”
Unfortunately, like many other residents in Davis Shores, Crescent Beach and other flooded neighborhoods in St. Augustine, the Barnwells quickly learned how destructive 18 inches of water could be. A high school friend of Scott's who works in flood remediation explained that the sewage-tainted flood water contaminated everything it touched with dangerous bacteria. So, for the second time in just over a year, the Barnwells gutted their dream home. While they were able to salvage a few things, like the butcher block counters made from the house's original ceiling planks, most of the fixtures and pieces they had carefully curated had to go. Cabinetry, furniture, plaster, and insulation were tossed into the yard along with the bench Scott custom built for the dining room and the home's refinished wood floors. “The first time I cried was seeing that pile of hardwood flooring in the yard,” says Scott. “That and when the first group of church volunteers showed up to help.” Just like St. Augustine's other hurricane victims, Scott and Noel were overwhelmed
Photo by Tom Kane SKY 1 Imaging
Editor's Note Just as we were sending this issue to print, Hurricane Irma delivered another devasting blow to St. Augustine and the Barnwell family. Their Davis Shores home was flooded yet again. This is last year's aftermath of Hurricane Matthew as it swept through the Barnwell's neighborhood.
Though the hurricane damaged nearly all of the work the Barnwells had just finished, a few beloved pieces were salvagable – like the butcher block countertops made from the home's original ceiling planks that you see here.
by the outpouring of support they received in the weeks after the storm – help that was especially needed when Noel went into labor two weeks after the storm.
faux-wood tile floors, cabinets, appliances, and furniture, Courter decided to give the Barnwells a few extras that they hadn't been able to afford in their initial remodel.
“For a while after our son was born, we barely came by the house,” says Scott. “Between taking care of a newborn and dealing with the constant phone calls to the insurance company and the bank, it was just relentless.”
A fourth bedroom on the west end of the house was converted to a new master bath featuring a walk-in closet and an enormous garden tub with sunset views, providing Scott and Noel with a beautiful oasis next to their son's nursery. The dated peach-andmaroon guest bath was also remodeled with vintage black-and-white ribbon tiles, while the former master bedroom and ensuite bath at the opposite end of the house became the Barnwells' new guest room getaway.
While the couple, who met at Flagler College and married in 2002, focused on their new baby boy, Sully, Scott's colleagues of 13 years at the St. Johns County Fire Department stepped up to make sure the family of three could safely return to their home in record time. Led by Scott's battalion chief Alex Courter, who had previous experience in home renovations, a fresh vision for the Barnwells' dream home was born. In addition to new,
Outside, the exterior of the bright blue beach cottage required a post-hurricane makeover as well. A new, larger deck – with special safety gates for Sully – replaced the original deck that floated off its foundation in the www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
The home's former fourth bedroom now houses a beautiful blue and white master bath and a handy walk-in closet for mom and dad to enjoy.
storm. The in-ground pool was also deep cleaned to remove the leftover sewage water. With so much extra help, the Barnwells were back in their house six weeks after the storm – just in time to hang Sully's first Christmas stocking over the couple's gorgeous new wall-mounted electric fireplace. “The support we received was unbelievable,” says Scott, who, on the day of my visit, is preparing for a two-day celebration honoring all the volunteers who brought the couple's house back to life. “How do you even begin to express it? We just can't thank everyone enough. I think about the people in Texas who are going through this now and I pray that they get the same kind of help we did.” From the friend who let the Barnwells live rent free in her house to the friends
whose connections got them furniture and building supplies at cost, to the friends (and strangers) who picked up and moved the debris pile in their front yard three times, the Barnwells know they were very fortunate to have so much help rebuilding their home for a second time. Though the house was flooded once again this past September during Hurricane Irma, the Barnwells were a little more prepared. They were able to save most of their furniture and possessions from damage and, though it'll be a while before the space is back to normal again, the home is worth fighting for a second time. “We were always meant to be here,” says Noel, who recently had the house's GPS coordinates, scripted inside the St. Augustine skyline, tattooed along on her right arm. “Life happens the way it's supposed to happen.” www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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DR. LESLEE KEYS The professor's fascination with the Ponce led her to land a dream job as Director of Historic Preservation at Flagler College. By Meeka Anne | Photography by Brian Miller A typical day for Dr. Keys consists of teaching a full load of U.S. History classes and then mentoring history honor society scholars. Her walking tours and architectural teachings of the Ponce leave an incredible impression on her students. “The most rewarding times," she says, "are when a student tells me they don’t like history, but really enjoyed my class.” The journey to her current bliss started with a position as Director of the Regional Preservation office in St. Augustine. In this role, she was able to assist Flagler College in obtaining a sizable grant. The grant led to an introduction to Flagler president, Dr. Abare, and this meeting landed her a job as Executive Director of Ximenez-Fation House Museum on Aviles Street. “After some time at this position," says Dr. Keys, "I was ready for another challenge. I began working full-time at Flagler as ‘the college’s first professional historic preservation staff member,’ while the college was restoring several buildings. Then, in 2009, I started a doctoral program in Historic Preservation at UF and wrote my dissertation on the Ponce.” Dr. Keys became a faculty member in 2012, graduated in 2013, and soon became the Director of Historic Preservation. Dr. Keys has been in St. Augustine for twenty years and says, “The remarkable architecture, the pedestrian scale, access to the water, creativity, and the ability to meet extraordinary people are all incubators for amazing action.”
Inside: Rising Star // Family Favorites // How I Got Here // A Day in the Life // Line of Duty
LOCALS Camryn apply. She did and was accepted, thus embarking on a 5-year commitment of time, effort, and education. As an Ambassador, Camryn made monthly trips to the historic section of St. Augustine, learning about the city’s history, taking behind-the-scenes tours of various attractions, and participating in major events throughout the 5-year process. The goal of the program was to instill civic pride in the youth and foster in them a strength of character that would help them become strong leaders of the future. This was not Camryn’s first involvement in charitable work. She has been helping others in some capacity for most of her life, whether it was with her church youth group locally, traveling to other states on religious retreats that coincided with missions, or simply getting involved in events around town. When I asked Camryn who was her inspiration, she instantly responded, “My mom.” Her mom has led by example for Camryn and her three siblings (of which she is the oldest) One day, a family their entire lives. Camryn clearly friend mentioned an relates to her mom’s humanitarian organization called the heart and looks to continue that Young Ambassadors and tradition in her own life.
CAMRYN HARTLEY When envisioning today’s youth as future leaders, investigate their present lives for a glimpse of the future. In Camryn's case, the future looks very bright. By Lynette Snell | Photography by Rob Futrell
amryn Hartley sits quietly in the coffee shop, her shy demeanor broken by a genuine smile. I introduced myself to her and we sat down for a chat. I quickly warmed to her sweet nature and enjoyed just talking with her. Before I knew it, we were completely off track from the purpose of the conversation and we had to focus to stay on task. Camryn descends from a long line of St. Augustine natives. Her family’s name and some history about them
suggested Camryn apply. She did and was accepted. As an Ambassador, Camryn made monthly trips to the historic section of St. Augustine, learning about the city’s history, taking behind-the-scenes tours of various attractions, and participating in major events throughout the 5-year process. The goal of the program was to instill civic pride in the youth and foster in them a strength of character that would help them become strong leaders of the future.
(the Fagen family) can be found in the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum. Her great-grandfather was a shrimper and her grandmother was also born in St. Augustine. Camryn’s pride in her family’s long ties with the nation’s oldest city is evident not only in her words and tone but also in her philanthropic endeavors. In sixth grade, Camryn, like every other citizen of St. Johns County started hearing about “the 450th” as if it were a character in a play or TV show. One day, a family friend mentioned an organization called the Young Ambassadors and suggested www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
A 2017 Nease High School graduate, Camryn currently studies at St. Johns River State College while she prepares to attend the University of Central Florida next January. Her goal? To become a chiropractor, like her father. When I asked her why she chose to be a chiropractor, Camryn stated she has been diagnosed with scoliosis and has had many treatments for the disease over the course of her short life. This personal experience has made her wish to help others similarly affected by the condition.
While helping others just seems to come naturally to Camryn, she does have some soft spots in her heart. In eighth grade, she participated on a mission trip that traveled to an inner city area where she, along with other teens, worked with children in underserved areas. She loved working with those children whose joy and excitement was contagious. It is an experience she would enjoy repeating. Camryn’s propensity for charitable work won’t be coming to an end anytime soon either. After she graduates from chiropractic school, she would like to use her education and experience to help others, whether it is internationally or here in the U.S. Either way, it looks like Camryn Hartley’s star has just begun to shine.
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LOCALS more critical. “Nobody chooses to suffer from mental disorders," says Jennifer, "It’s not something that anyone wants to deal with. It’s difficult for many of these kids to talk about how they’re feeling without being judged or harassed. I would love to diminish the shame that children feel from suffering from these disorders.” Jennifer believes that the care and nurturing of children who are dealing with mental health issues should be a priority of the community. Many of these young boys and girls come from terrible backgrounds of physical and mental abuse. It’s those horrible hardships that often trigger mental health and behavioral disorders. However, Jennifer knows that the lives of these precious youth don’t have to end or continue in tragedy. In her position in St. Augustine Youth Services, she raises both awareness and support for the children who are enrolled in the program. By mobilizing individual and community assistance to add to their SAYS resources, Jennifer helps provide housing and treatment to many youth and transitional services to young adults beginning their lives on their own. “I try to rally the community. I know that people are willing to help if they have a clear place to give it.”
JENNIFER TESORI SARTIANO Great communities grow with the dreams of their youth. This advocate understands and diligently strives to nurture young minds. By Alexter Albury | Photography by Brian Miller
ennifer Tesori Sartiano, a lifelong resident of St. Augustine, has a strong desire to make this great city even better. That desire is evident in her life of compassion and continuing service to the mental health of the youth of the community. After spending four and a half years as
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A graduate of the University of Florida with degrees in Advertising and Business, Jennifer uses her educational background and skills to change the lives of the children and young adults in her care. It not only takes genuine kindness and concern to do Jennifer’s work, it also takes diligence and a lot of time organizing fundraisers, contacting state and local officials, and making sure the community knows about the needs of the children of St. Augustine Youth Services. Jennifer devotes time and a lot of love to her contribution to the community. She does it all for the youth who desperately need proper care, support, and resources to overcome their ailments. “I think every kid deserves a fair start," Jennifer says, "When they don’t have that, they’re not on an equal playing field. Giving them the capabilities and tools to be successful adults is what I try to do. I want them to be happy and have productive lives. That’s how they will grow up to be real assets to the community.” Jennifer Tesori Sartiano sees herself serving children and St. Augustine for many years to come. “I want to continue working in non-profit. I feel that’s where I can do the most for children in need and their families. I want to leave my fingerprints on the community.” www.sayskids.org
THE HIGGINBOTHAMS Amy and Brandon are raising their boys to love the culture and history of our town â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all while having a little fun! Photography by Brian Miller Meet the Higginbotham family. When you explore Amy and Brandon's styles, it's no surprise that they decided to call the Ancient City home. Though Amy did grow up on Amelia Island, both mom and dad are great lovers of antique culture and history, so St. Augustine was the perfect fit for their little family. The vintage love that drew them here is reflected in the careers that the Higginbothams have chosen. Amy works from home, running a lifestyle blog called Vintage & Grace. Brandon is an insurance agent for Farm Bureau Insurance as well as owning an online men's store called Vintage Gentlemen (which will soon have a brick-and-mortar location!). When they aren't behind their desks, The Higginbotham Family the Higginbothams take Landon pictured from left: Brandon and Lochlan and make their way (dad) 30, Landon 5, downtown, to the beach, and to Lochlan 2, Amy (mom) 29 ride the Davenport Park carousel. Definitely blog-worthy excursions!
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sailboats, throwing a frisbee at the Fort, and taking a peaceful stroll through the Mission Nombre de Dios to admire the cross makes for the perfect day.
How I Got Here
THOMAS O'SULLIVAN A dramatic move from the harsh winters of Boston to the tropical sunshine of Florida was no reason to settle down for a slow retirement. This former barber is using his skills to offer a much-needed helping hand. By Carmen Fleischmann | Photography by Rob Futrell
homas O’Sullivan moved to St. Augustine to escape the bitter cold of Boston. Since arriving, he has warmed many hearts through his good-humored nature and his willingness to lend a hand. Like most transplant residents, he was drawn to the area’s unique history, in addition to Florida’s alluring fishing and golf culture. His move was a dramatic, albeit welcome change from the hometown where he owned a series of barbershops. Eventually growing bored with the typical retirement hobbies, Thomas found a way, using the barbering skills he accumulated over the past 38 years, to raise the spirits of St. Augustine’s homeless population. For the last two years - every Wednesday Thomas has cut hair and trimmed beards at the St. Francis House Shelter downtown. “There’s always a big turn out,” said Thomas. “I stay there for about three hours in the morning, providing haircuts for at least 20 people. It makes me feel good, making other people feel good, especially people that are down and out on their luck. I figure it can happen to anybody.” In addition to serving the community during his retirement, Thomas still maintains ownership of Sully’s Barber Shop in Boston.
“There’s always a big turn out,” said Thomas. “I stay there for about three hours in the morning, providing haircuts for at least 20 people. It makes me feel good, making other people feel good, especially people that are down and out on their luck. I figure it can happen to anybody.”
“The barbering business has been good to me,” said Thomas. “I owe most of it to my mother who was a determined, hard worker. She never asked for help.” His mother was an Irish immigrant, traveling from Cork City, Ireland to the U.S. sometime in the 1920s. Irish heritage would continue to play a role in their lives as Thomas’ father earned a living as a musician, featured on Boston radio stations as the Jack O’Sullivan Irish Band during Irish Hour each week. His earnings kept the family of 10 afloat until he made enough money to open a variety store. Thomas was the youngest of eight children and only seven years old when his father died. His mother tried to manage the variety store as her late husband did but eventually left to work for a college, all the while raising the children on her own. While he never found himself staying in a shelter during his childhood or later in www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
life, those lean times helped Thomas develop a great appreciation for hard work and learn the importance of lending a helping hand. Regardless of their situation, many of the homeless that Thomas encounters are still trying to earn a living, and sometimes a clean shave and trim gives them just the boost of confidence they need to find a job. “I meet a lot of guys that really try. They tell me that St. Francis House is a big help to them and if they didn’t have that place, they wouldn’t know what to do,” said Thomas. “They can’t thank me enough. They have job interviews and they feel really good about getting their hair cut."He has met several interesting people along the way and enjoyed the stories they shared. He’s met a former second baseman from the 1970’s New York Yankees and a son who couldn’t continue the gumbo business he built with his father after watching him pass away. The thing they both have in common is need and people like Thomas are there to help.
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KAY GIANNA Most musicians concern themselves with their next gig. This singer/songwriter concerns herself with getting her homework done.
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t the ripe old age of 15, Kay Gianna has found her path. It all started around the age of five. "My mom used to play piano and she tried teaching me a few songs," she says, "That got me to sit down at the piano and start plucking out some simple songs like 'Mary Had A Little Lamb.’ I started taking piano lessons for about a year, but I quit because I got bored with that."
with anyone, anywhere, from home when the need arises. She's currently finishing up a four song EP (recorded in Nashville) and hopes to record her first album soon.
After piano lessons, Kay started violin lessons, which lasted until she started taking singing lessons. She stopped singing lessons after a short while but has gotten back to them now that she's becoming more serious about her music. With the exception of her short stint with piano lessons, she's essentially self-taught. And – while her main instrument is piano – Kay also plays saxophone, ukulele, violin, and guitar.
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Kay started writing songs around age 10, and she says that was the time she first started thinking about being a musician. Her first song was a 30-second chorus about her horse. "Then I started writing longer songs,” says Kay, “and I moved on from horses to more personal stuff. I saw it as a great way for me to express my emotions, and I really love it." At home, Kay enjoys unwavering support. She's currently working with a producer here on a new song, but she can also collaborate
While she's not yet quite old enough to hit the club circuit with her music, Kay still gets out in front of people and, frankly, she gets in
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Rice, who wrote the song "Cruise" for the group Florida Georgia Line). The free festival features songwriters from all over the nation and is well attended by those from near and far.
For Kay, music isn't just about playing for the fun of it or even merely honing her skills. She has seen the incredible power that music has to delight and to heal and that's the direction she wants to pursue. Her skills in music aren't something she plans on wasting. She hopes that music will be transformative through her.
While only in her sophomore year of high school, Kay is already looking at college. "I feel like, with all the musical ability I've been blessed with, I'd like to go on to college and major in music therapy." Kay used to visit her grandmother who had Alzheimer's and she would play and sing at the nursing home for her. "There was one man there who asked if he could play along with me. He was in the later stages of Alzheimer's," she recalls, "He would sit next to me and in the middle of a song would just hit a note in the middle of a song. Then a few weeks later he would play two notes, and then three. Then he would make a chord, and then he was playing right along with me." The effect her music had on that gentleman was clearly not lost on Kay.
With so many directions open to this young lady, Kay Gianna's path has become clear to her and she's certainly someone to keep an eye out for.
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A Day in the Life
JASON RELPH An adventurer, an artist, and an environmentalist – Jason Relph creatively channels all of these things in his life and business. By Alexter Albury | Photography by Rob Futrell
he Golden Gypsy is a distinctly imaginative shop in downtown St. Augustine that showcases various forms of international art. Beautiful paintings, colorful jewelry, and intricate carvings are just a few examples of the amazing and alluring global art on display. At the core of this unique shop is Jason Relph, the man who lends an integral part of himself to the shop’s ambiance. From the dense jungles of Thailand to the small villages of Zimbabwe, Jason travels the world in search of unique and culturally diverse art pieces. “The Golden Gypsy," he explains, "is really an extension of myself. It’s my mind and my passion on display. Jason is an artist who sees myriad examples of beauty and creativity during his tours around the world. He easily expresses very warm and endearing words to describe both the artists and their work, which is on display at his shop. With that same charm, he eloquently describes his own artistic style. “I wouldn’t describe myself as a painter, a potter, or a sculptor,” he says. “Though I do all of those things, I would describe myself as an experiential artist. I want my art to be an experience for the person who is involved and viewing it.” Using art as a way to involve people in an experience is Jason’s goal for The Golden Gypsy. “From the art, the music, and even the aromas in the shop," he shares, "I want to take people on a journey that begins when they enter. I want to give them a real experience.” For four years, Jason traveled the world as a gypsy and the experience was very empowering to him. As he immersed himself in the rich cultures of the world, his trek broadened his sense of humanity and emboldened him to share those
“I wouldn’t describe myself as a painter, a potter, or a sculptor,” Jason says. “Though I do all of those things, I would describe myself as an experiential artist. I want my art to be an experience for the person who is involved and viewing it. From the art, the music, and even the aromas in the shop, I want to take people on a journey that begins when they enter. I want to give them a real experience.”
enlightening experiences with others. Jason’s adventures opened his eyes to many revelations that have remained with him and have since become a part of his personal and business visions. “I found such amazing art everywhere I went! The imagery and messages that are portrayed in art are similar, although the artists may be worlds apart. I find that interesting. I think far too often, we focus on our differences and are completely blind to our plethora of similarities.” When searching for art to add to The Golden Gypsy’s collection, Jason’s desire to embody an atmosphere of global community and understanding are as crucial as the startling beauty of the art he encounters, studies, and selects. An inner sense of caring and responsibility to the world and the earth itself, compels him to seek items that benefit both people and www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
the planet. About ninety-five percent of the interesting art pieces found in his shop are hand-made, including carvings made from giraffe bones and sculptures made from recycled items. Both are forms of art that utilize what the earth gives rather than what is taken from valued natural resources. Jason’s goal is to display art that leaves a positive impact on the land and on the people who view it. Whether that art comes from remote villages of Bali or the floating markets of Istanbul, the artists visually convey the needs, fears, and the dreams of the cultures around them. “When I’m looking to curate the space,” says Jason, “I’m looking for more than just beauty. I want the art to challenge something or say something about what’s happening in life.” www.thegoldeng ypsy.com
Line of Duty
LINDA STOUGHTON This county's ability to bounce back after the disaster a year ago is thanks in large part to the talents of the Director of Emergency Management and her love for St. Augustine. By Carmen Fleischmann | Photography by Brian Miller
ince the disaster last October, Linda Stoughton, the St. Johns County Director of Emergency Management has received much praise for her pivotal role in preparing and responding to Hurricane Matthew. In February she was named, "2017 Emergency Manager of the Year" by the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association and, three months later, received the "Governor's Award" at the Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference in Palm Beach. As director, she is tasked with the entire orchestration of disaster response from start to finish. The thought of that much responsibility can be daunting – especially when the community was faced with its first major hurricane since 1967. When the waters receded and the recovery began, the numbers spoke for themselves: zero lives were lost. “The immediate response to Matthew was like a speeding bullet train," said Linda of the recovery efforts. "The water came in, the water went out, and our goal was to get the bridges open, do search and rescue, make sure there wasn’t anyone that was injured or had a total loss of life or anything like that, and then it started."
The EOC was activated on Wednesday prior to landfall, bringing in close to 200 partner agencies, government, and volunteers. By Thursday morning, people in high-level impact areas were told to evacuate. Friday the storm made landfall, and by Tuesday schools had been reopened. Disaster plans are examined and tailored on a yearly basis, taking into account the best practices and lessons learned from other disasters and response efforts around the country. Unfortunately no matter how detailed and flawless the plan, nothing can emotionally prepare you when the storm actually hits. “The images that we saw when some of the media were going on the bay front with the storm surge, some of those images will always stick with me because, at that point, we were collectively holding our breath that we would be ok,” said Linda. “It hurts when it’s your home and your community.” Proper planning and execution can’t take all the credit for the positive results. Had the Category 3 storm turned slightly more into the coast, the impact could have been far more severe. “We are very lucky that the Category 3 storm stayed off of our www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
coast,” said Linda. “Had it not drifted or slid back into us, we would’ve had a lot more damage. Wind damage is what we were spared. If those winds had come on shore at 115 mph it would’ve been catastrophic in most parts of the county.” Linda has been a St. Johns County resident and county worker since 1985. Although she originally was interested in natural resources, she finds her work in emergency management to be both challenging and rewarding. “It’s an exciting career; every day is different. Whether it’s a sink hole or an eclipse.” During her tenure, the last disaster that even came close to matching Matthew’s intensity was in the wildfires of 1998 when the shelters were opened and the interstates closed. Even back then she said the community came together selflessly. “We’ve changed a lot since then, and to still see that community focus and the heart and the drive for everybody to help everybody and bring this community together is amazing.” www.sjcemergencymanagement.org
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ld City Market's entire menu is sourced locally whenever possible. When it comes to their Old City Veggie burger, the bread is from Jacksonville's Village Bakery. If topped with Spicy City Sauce, you'll enjoy a mayonnaise and mustard based topping with cayenne pepper and Manucy datil peppers for a local kick. Vegetarian or not, the Old City Veggie is an approachable, friendly menu item. The soy protein patty is distributed by a company called Beyond Meat. Old City Market owner and cook Tim Bucolo, is fascinated when he preps the patties because of the beet juice infused in them. It truly completes the patty's disguise and gives it the look of rare meat. Tim says it blew his mind to see red vegetable juice dripping off the burger and feeding the grill's roaring fire. It was easy to forget that he was cooking a meatless dish. The burger would be a good fit for a blind taste test or social experiment. Biting into its smooth texture complemented by smoked gouda might easily fool any traditional burger lover. Â Then considering the textured meaty looking pink
patty â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it's clear that this dish is not strictly for vegetarians. Those who like to "flirt" with a vegetarian diet can get behind this crafty item. The crunch of romaine and juiciness of sliced tomato add to the layered experience. The avocado goes nicely with the smoked Gouda for a smoothness that sets everything off nicely. Overall, the flavor is subtle yet satisfying. Village Bakery's flaky bun soaks up a lot of the burger's moisture and has a good crunch. In terms of sides, Old City Market's staff recommends corn dusted fries, which are dusted before hitting the fryer. This use of "old world" ingredients is a consistent menu theme. The Old City Veggie is a welcome addition in a community that is home to a thriving vegetarian population. It creatively delivers all the pleasures of a robust burger without any of the red meat guilt. Even the paper the burger is wrapped in is guilt free. The wrapping paper and napkins are ethically sourced and biodegradable. This is part of Old City Market's zero waste environment mentality. 604 Anastasia Boulevard www.oldcitymkt.com
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SMOKED TURKEY Gear up your tastebuds for two delicious takes on a holiday favorite – that you'll be craving any time of the year. Written and photographed by Steve Parr
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SMOKIN' D'S This perennial local favorite recently opened their second location on Ponce de Leon Boulevard near downtown. Long famous for their pulled pork and brisket, Smokin' D's also serves up a smoked turkey that's in a league of its own. Pitmaster/owner/operator Cameron Perrit gets the turkey into the smoker around 7am every day, and there the turkey will remain until around noon, when it's removed, having been smoked to absolute perfection. The smoke flavor is a bit more subtle than you might expect, but it's absolutely unmistakable. And, for one of the tastiest smoked turkey sandwiches you're likely to find anywhere, condiments are sparse. There's no lettuce, no tomato, no cheese, or bacon. A simple addition of Smokin' D's very own Alabama white sauce makes this sandwich a perfect feast. 1409 Ponce de Leon Boulevard (904) 797-2050
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MOJO'S OLD CITY BBQ There's a myriad of restaurants downtown, but few which offer up the authentic flavors of good, homestyle BBQ. And, while dishes like pulled pork and brisket are certainly popular menu items, Mojo’s smoked turkey is something special. The preparation starts with the basic paprika-based rub which includes salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder, but to help set it apart Mojo's pitmaster, Paulie Fletcher, adds other ingredients including cumin and white pepper. On a holiday weekend Mojo's will smoke upwards of 75 pounds of turkey a day and not an ounce of it goes to waste. Turkey spends between five and six hours in the smoker, which creates that smoky flavor that's so hard not to love. Mojo's smoked turkey is available as either a lunch or dinner platter (with heapings of delicious sides). 5 Cordova Street (904) 342-5264
The cooler weather of fall and winter in Florida usher in a welcoming sensation of the approaching holiday season. If you’re in the market to spice up your holiday recipes, The Spice & Tea Exchange can add a little flair and flavor to a season dedicated to food and family. The fresh ingredients offered by The Spice and Tea Exchange will bring brightness and depth to many recipes. Try robust spices like ground Allspice, Burgundy Wine Powder, Sriracha Sauce Powder, and Fenugreek to lend their pleasing aromas and flavor to succulent roasted meats and even desserts. Sip on the Berry Merry Champagne recipe including Berry White Tea and give those winter nights some zest. www.spiceandteaexchange.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
JENNIFER MYERS With homespun recipes and a community-minded approach grounded in Old Florida sensibilities, the owner of Juniper Market has served as the anchor to San Marco Avenue’s small business revival. By Matthew Shaw | Photography by Rob Futrell
he Abbott Tract Historic District is pulsing with new blood these days. From upstart boutiques like to new galleries, restaurants, and cafes, interspersed among the established antique stores dotting San Marco Avenue, a palpable, youthful entrepreneurial spirit is breathing new life into the area. Jennifer Myers certainly played a role in kicking off Abbott’s new wave of development when she opened Juniper Market in 2013, after spending the better part of her twenties working in retail merchandising. A St. Augustine resident since 2009, Jennifer says her decision to open a prepared foods café and marketplace was born as much from her passion for cooking as it was from a desire to fill a void in her adopted neighborhood. “I moved to Abbott Tracts and was looking for a place close by to grab a coffee or a quick sandwich, maybe do some work,” Jennifer says. “There wasn’t really a place close by where you could do that. If I wanted to have coffee and hang out I was driving to Café Eleven [on Anastasia Island]. I thought, well, I’m in my late-twenties, worst case scenario, I can always go back to corporate America if this doesn’t work out,” she says of the decision to open Juniper. “I took my savings and just went for it, giving myself about a year or two to make it work.” As it turns out, it came together fairly well for Jennifer, as her made-from-scratch prepared foods, take out dinners, and cold-brew coffees immediately attracted
a devoted local clientele, the positive reception prompting her to move into a new store front earlier this year. Jennifer’s entrepreneurial savvy and self-taught cooking skills have certainly played a critical role in Juniper’s success. But, in talking to Jennifer it’s also clear that Juniper is the manifestation of her rich life experiences, steeped in a love for food, family, and Florida. Jennifer was born and raised on the Gulf side of the Sunshine State on St. Petersburg’s idyllic Treasure Island. Like most Florida families, aquatic activities represented an outsized share of Jennifer’s recreational activities – fishing, canoeing, and surfing – if the waves permitted. Jennifer started cooking at an early age, as a hobby first, before taking over the production of a large share of the family’s meals. “The cuisine in our house was super random,” she says of her early menu offerings. “I would make different marinades for chicken, rice dishes. Nothing too wild, but definitely advanced for a middleschooler.” She had some mishaps along the way, once setting her family kitchen on fire, but treated most opportunities and experiences www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
– even the fire – as teachable moments, assimilating some introductory baking skills from her mother and grandfather and a modicum of southern dishes from her step-family. When she left the West Coast of Florida to study marketing at the University of Central Florida, Myers took a job at a surf shop and made habitual trips to the Atlantic coast to surf. After college she took a job in retail merchandising and climbed the corporate ladder for a few years, taking on the entire state of Florida as her territory. The job allowed her the flexibility to live anywhere in the state she wanted, a perk that kept alive her frequent jaunts to the coast to greet incoming swells. It was these quick strike-missions that introduced her to St. Augustine, and in 2009, she decided to make the area home.
"I thought, well, I’m in my late-twenties, worst case scenario, I can always go back to corporate America if this doesn’t work out. I took my savings and just went for it, giving myself about a year or two to make it work."
All the while, cooking progressed from hobby to passion to obsession for Jennifer. “It was really DIY,” she says of her culinary experimentations at the time. “I was making everything from scratch – soda syrups, cakes, DIY cocktails, just having a lot of fun. I started thinking that I might rather make these kinds of things for a living.” Before she knew it, Jennifer plotting what would be Juniper Market, compiling a business plan and scouting possible locations before eventually entering a lease agreement to rent a small space within Coastal Traders Indonesian Imports. “Rather than taking over a whole place, the opportunity to rent from [local photographer and Coastal Traders owner] Walter [Coker] made it less risky for me to leave my job,” Jennifer says of the shared space. “It was
less to bite-off at that point.” The name Jennifer chose for her business reflects both her Florida heritage and her aspirations for the market. “I really wanted it to be Florida focused,” she says of the name, Juniper. “I started looking at local flora – the Juniper trees everywhere. Then my Mom said, ‘you know you’re named Jennifer after that Donovan song ‘Jennifer Juniper.' So, the name is partially derived from my namesake and partially just supposed to represent Florida goodness.” Jennifer took advantage of the anonymity of Juniper’s original location to experiment with the market’s offerings. She found a receptive clientele with iced coffees and sandwiches, and some highly-addictive cookies. When she introduced once-a-week www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
take home dinners, Juniper’s regulars took full advantage. Jennifer was busy – maybe too busy. “We outgrew [the original] space pretty fast,” she says. It was kind of too busy for one person, but not busy enough for two people.” It was a challenge, but Jennifer eventually found a new place at 73 San Marco Avenue. The larger facility has allowed Jennifer to continue servicing her loyal Abbott Tractbased customers, while expanding the menu, adding beer and wine, espresso, and additional retail. “We’ve got a great community of entrepreneurs here,” she says of all the new businesses lining San Marco Avenue. “There are just so many cool food-focused and small-business-focused people. There’s a collaborative spirit and everyone is very supportive of each other.” “As for Juniper,” she says, “We strive to be a local spot. We want it to be a place where we know your name and you can expect to run into people you know. I think as long as we do that, we’re doing OK.” 73 San Marco Avenue www.juniper-market.com
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COLEEN AND SCOTT MOULTON Newly retired, bartending neophyte Coleen Moulton and her husband Scott have transformed The Social Lounge into Cuna Street’s local hangout. By Matthew Shaw | Photography by Brian Miller
f you’ve ducked into Cuna Street’s The Social Lounge in the last year or so, you’ve likely noticed some new additions. From new craft beer offerings to European football ephemera to new faces behind the bar, the Social Lounge’s cozy parlor room has been transformed from a quaint wine bar into something more akin to an intimate soccer pub. Among the new faces, the drooping jowls and kind, dark eyes of The Social Lounge’s de-facto greeter, Apollo, would be hard to miss as the cream-colored English Bulldog often posts up in the bar’s entryway. Apollo’s owner, Coleen Moulton is another new, friendly face behind the bar at The Social Lounge. Coleen and her husband Scott took over the Lounge last year, just shortly after retiring from careers in Indianapolis and moving to St. Augustine. And though it had been quite a few years since she’d tended bar, Coleen has found the lifestyle suits her quite nicely. The Moultons started coming to St. Augustine a few years ago when the couple’s son enrolled at Flagler College. They fell in love with the area and bought a condo, thinking it a long-term investment in their retirement. In 2014, the Moultons jumped the gun; Coleen retired after decades as a paralegal and Scott after decades as an air-traffic controller. Scott, who’d grown up in England and coached soccer for many years, was looking for a place to watch English Premiere League matches when the opportunity to take over The Social Lounge
“It’s like riding a bike, really” Coleen laughs, recalling her days pouring beers for customers at a campus bar while attending Purdue University. “This is a completely different career than we had before and one we didn’t imagine for ourselves a few years ago. It’s been awesome, though, to do what we love to do, which is meet new people.” came up. Coleen says their ambitions for the place were modest. “There are so many bars and pubs in the historic district, we basically just said ‘what would we want to go to if we were going out?’” Aside from featuring sports on the Lounge’s four flat-screens, the Moultons focus on Florida-produced craft beers – Funky Buddha, Cigar City, Ancient City, etc. – and certified organic wines, offerings that quickly earned the bar a dedicated local following. “People come in to see what’s on tap and try new beers,” Coleen says. “And then there are those, like me, who get www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
headaches from non-organic wine and find that the certified organics wines don’t affect them the same way.” Coleen says the Lounge’s cozy feel and communal, the neighborhood-friendly atmosphere has turned out to be just what she and Scott were looking for in a second career. “We’re still newbies, but we’re having a great time,” she laughs. “I can’t tell you how many people we’ve met. We are just so happy with what it has turned into and the possibilities of what it can be moving forward.” 59 Cuna Street www.thesociallounge.net
Pictured Here: Upper Left: The scallop appetizer is garnished with a mint pea vinaigrette. Upper Right: Baked on a cedar plank for extra flavor, we tasted this salmon with a Hasselback potato. Lower Right: The Sika Deer Ribs have a crazy range of flavor for one dish. Lower Left: The Elkhouse Salad with Ahi Tuna is a fresh and delicious work of art!
ELKHOUSE EATERY In a town of beachside seafood, the Crescent Beach A-frame stands out as a delicious, decadent, and savory spot for a snow-capped cabin getaway. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
lkhouse Eatery is not your typical beach restaurant. In a culinary world of tropical colors and island flavors, husband and wife team Charles Searleman and Trilani Delavarre wanted a place that would stand out. As seasoned industry veterans, the decision to open up a restaurant in Crescent Beach’s iconic A-frame was really a no-brainer. And steering away from the “beach grill” vibe was just as natural. The restaurant is named after a cottage in Austria where Trilani spent childhood vacations and that far-away Alps atmosphere extends to more than just the name. Dark wood, exposed beams, and a cozy atmosphere will tear your eye away from the sand outside. And settle in, because the menu is just as transportive. Charles and Trilani started us with a fresh, wild-caught scallop appetizer. The scallops
are grilled very simply with olive oil, laid on a bed of microgreens, and served with mint pea vinaigrette and fresh peas. Mint isn’t a flavor you might expect with scallops, but it adds a crispness and enhances the dish’s simplicity. Next we tried the Elkhouse Salad – which is a perfect example of the chef’s love of fresh veggies. Colored bell pepper, sliced watermelon radishes, fire-roasted artichokes, along with spiced pumpkin seeds, cucumber, carrot, and a fresh shaved asiago cheese blend are topped with Ahi Tuna, seared rare. The last two entrees, however, are at the top of the list of reasons why you should visit Elkhouse. The Cedar Plank Salmon is flown from the Faroe Islands in Scotland, baked on a cedar plank, and coated in a housemade apricot jalapeno glaze. The aroma alone could satisfy. But you won't be
able to resist digging into the flaky, melt-inyour-mouth fish. For the readers that aren’t fans of seafood, order the ribs. Don't be fooled; they're no ordinary ribs. They’re Sika Red Deer from New Zealand, seasoned with blackening spice and slow roasted with carrots, parsnips, jalapenos, and onions in a craft beer broth. Before being served, they’re brushed with a housemade blueberry BBQ sauce. It's comfort food-savory and decadently rich, with an unexpected sweetness and fruity tartness. The menu is eclectic, fresh, and delicious and the atmosphere is unlike any other in the area. It’s a restaurant that's sure to become your second kitchen. 6357 A1A South www.facebook.com/ElkHouseEatery
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PUMPKIN DESSERTS Pumpkin is the undisputed king of fall flavors. We're all craving that taste as soon as we feel a nip in the air. But if pumpkin spice lattes don't satisfy your cravings, try some of these other sweets around the city. Pumpkin Macarons Your favorite local dessert experts are just as obsessed with pumpkin in the fall as we are, but we suggest giving the macarons a whirl. Creme de la Cocoa
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estled along Aviles Street, just off the main downtown drag, you'll find one of St. Augustine's most delectable desserts. The family-owned Peace Pie, locally owned and managed by Maryrose LaCavera, offers up some amazingly tasty twists on the pretty simple (though tried and true) ice cream sandwich. Each "pie" contains not only some of the best ice cream you're likely ever to taste, but also a layer of homemade pie filling that's second to none. While the selection of some 40-odd flavors changes daily, there are a few which simply should not be missed. One such flavor is the Cinnamon Bun. The Cinnamon Bun pie starts out with two cinnamon shortbread cookies which are crafted from an in-house recipe. These days, Peace Pie has its cookies baked for them, but the recipe is still all "Peace Pie" and all ridiculously good. The cookies are light and crunchy and a perfect compliment to the other ingredients which find their way between them.
A homemade vanilla mousse is layered onto one cookie, Erich offers a foundation for a layer of caramel (which would be impossibly gooey if it wasn't frozen!). While this combination could certainly do just fine on its own as a dessert, the cookies, mousse, and caramel are a mere set up for the true star of this show: brown sugar ice cream. If you've never had brown sugar ice cream, it's because there simply aren't too many places which have it. The staff at Peace Pie pride themselves on their homemade ice creams, and well they should. The brown sugar ice cream quickly conjures up the sensation of sinking your teeth into a warm cinnamon roll, and it tastes every bit as good. So, when you finish your dinner elsewhere downtown, remember to leave yourself a little time to make the walk to get a Cinnamon Bun Peace Pie. 8 Aviles Street www.peacepieworld.com
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